- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - The leader of Ohio’s largest county has submitted a proposal to the county council to assert its home-rule powers and mail unsolicited, absentee-ballot applications to registered voters there.

The move by Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Executive Ed FitzGerald comes in response to a new state law that bars county elections boards and other public officials from mailing such ballots.

Absentee ballots allow Ohio voters to cast an early ballot by mail or in person.

FitzGerald is a Democrat and is running for governor. His Republican rival, Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik), recently signed a bill allowing the secretary of state to send the applications for general elections, only if the Legislature directs the money for it. Other officials are banned.

FitzGerald’s proposal is expected to be considered at the council’s Tuesday meeting.

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