Ohio Senate moves to repeal election law overhaul

JULIE CARR SMYTH AP Statehouse Correspondent Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- State lawmakers have introduced a measure that would repeal a sweeping bill overhauling Ohio's election laws, a move made ahead of a scheduled referendum vote on the legislation.

The new bill came the same day the coalition of labor, clergy and some Democrats pushing for repeal, threatened to mount a second signature drive against any replacement bill that passes before fall and to pursue litigation.

The original bill shrinks the state's early voting window and makes a host of other election changes.

Republican Senate President Tom Niehaus (NEE'-hows) said elements of the challenged law need to be made available to Ohio voters in 2012. Other issues will wait until after the election.

He said he hopes to involve both parties in the new legislation, a statement questioned by Democrats.