Local leaders sound off on absentee ballot issue

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Hamilton County Board of Elections will no longer automatically send absentee ballot applications to all voters, and a few local leaders are sounding off on the issue.

Cincinnati City Council candidate P.G. Sittenfeld, along with state Sen. Eric  Kearney and state Rep. Denise Driehaus held a press conference Tuesday morning at the Board of Elections.

Sittenfeld has promised his campaign will personally deliver the application to the home of any Cincinnati voter who requests his campaign's assistance and return the application to the Board of Elections.

"The State House and the Secretary of State's actions are a blatant attempt to suppress the vote," Sittenfeld said. "Everyone says, 'Let's get more citizens to vote' - and now some people are trying to limit access."

Absentee voting applications can still be downloaded at the Ohio Secretary of State's website, http://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/voterInformation/absentee.aspx

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