Ohio coalition vows fight if election law replaced

JULIE CARR SMYTH AP Statehouse Correspondent Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Backers of an effort to repeal Ohio's election law overhaul say organized labor would join the Obama campaign to vigorously fight any attempt by lawmakers to pass replacement legislation before November's presidential election. They say labor was invigorated by last year's collective bargaining battle.

Fair Elections Ohio was reacting to a Jan. 25 proposal by Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted). He called for scrapping the election law so it won't appear on fall ballots. He said the campaign for repeal would confuse voters.

Husted called for working on a new bill after the election, but leaders in the Republican-controlled Legislature have said a replacement bill will come sooner.

Fair Elections participants told reporters Thursday they would start a second signature drive or file a lawsuit if that happens.