Secretary of State Jon Husted has issued a directive to county board of elections telling them they are not allowed to automatically send out absentee voter request forms as some counties have in the past. That ban on sending out the paperwork is part of a new law that hasn’t gone into effect yet, and if some Democrats and opponents get their way the law could be put on hold and even permanently repealed at the ballot box next fall. Husted says he issued the directive because boards of elections were confused about how to handle the situation.
If opponents of the new election reform law are successful in putting the issue on the 2012 ballot, most of the old election rules would be in effect for this November and next. But Husted’s directive on this particular issue will take precedence. Husted won’t say whether he plans to issue more directives in the future to try to put some of the provisions of the newly passed law into effect for this fall’s election, should opponents be successful in putting that law up for a referendum.