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Dem lawmakers bill would establish Election Day as a paid state holiday

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By Amber N. Epling

Herald Contributor

COLUMBUS — As Ohioans went to the polls on Tuesday, November 5 to cast their ballots, House Reps. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) introduced legislation to make Election Day a paid state holiday for Ohio workers.

“The right to vote is our most fundamental freedom, one that should be easy and accessible for every eligible Ohio voter,” said Crawley. “By making Election Day a state holiday, we will increase voter participation and ensure all voters have the opportunity to make their voices heard and have their votes counted.”

Ohio law allows for “reasonable” time off for workers to vote. However, Ohio employers do not have to pay hourly employees for voting-leave time.

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