(Cleveland) - Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald formally submitted voting rights legislation to the County Council during this afternoon's meeting.

FitzGerald tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, "The right to vote is a cornerstone of our democratic system of government, and it is critical that we ensure all Cuyahoga County citizens have an equal opportunity to exercise this right on Election Day."

FitzGerald is very disappointed with a bill signed by Governor John Kasich which he contends will make it more difficult to vote, and will create long lines at Cuyahoga County polling places.

He says the legislation he submitted to the County Council will ensure that Cuyahoga County will have proper ballot access, by allowing the Board of Elections to send out its own unsolicited absentee ballots, through the home rule process.

FitzGerald's proposal follows a series of recent actions at the state level to curtail early, absentee, and provisional voting - efforts that may disproportionately affect working families.

The Cuyahoga County Voting Rights Law is co-sponsored by Councilwoman Sunny Simon.

(Photo by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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