COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union is raising concerns along with third parties in Ohio about a fast-moving bill that sets new hurdles to ballot access in the battleground state.
The legal organization told lawmakers Tuesday the proposals' petition requirements are onerous and the changes come too close to Ohio's 2014 statewide elections.
Representatives of the Green and Libertarian parties oppose the measure. It comfortably cleared committee ahead of likely passage in the Republican-controlled Ohio Senate later Tuesday.
Sponsoring Sen. Bill Seitz (syts) said the bill establishes new rules for minor parties following a court's rejection of Ohio's previous law.
It comes as Ohio Republicans face growing competition from tea party supporters who say they may support a third-party challenger to Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) next year.