ACLU, third parties fight Ohio ballot access bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union says it is joining third parties in Ohio in opposing a fast-moving bill that sets new hurdles to ballot access in the battleground state.

The legal organization planned to testify against the bill Tuesday. Representatives of the Green and Libertarian parties also were scheduled to speak against the proposal at the Statehouse hearing.

The Republican-controlled Ohio Senate could vote as soon as Tuesday on the measure, sending it to the House.

The bill introduced in September by Cincinnati Republican Bill Seitz (syts) comes as Ohio Republicans face growing competition from tea party supporters. They say they may support a third-party challenger to Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) in next year's governor's race.

Seitz says the legislation updates minor party rules in the wake of a lawsuit.

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