Election-related bills to see Ohio House action

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio legislative committee plans to vote on two election-related proposals that would affect early voting in the presidential battleground state.

One bill would eliminate the chance for residents to both register to vote and cast an early ballot on the same day. Without that so-called golden week, early voting would start the first day after voter registration ends. That’s typically 29 days before Election Day.

The early-voting period currently begins 35 days before Election Day.

Another bill would set rules for mailing unsolicited absentee ballot applications. Ohioans can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person without giving any reason.

A House panel is scheduled to consider the proposals Tuesday afternoon. If approved, the full House could vote as soon as Wednesday. Both bills have passed the Senate.

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