(Cleveland)- A hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights took place in Cleveland to examine the impact of Ohio’s new voting law.

House Bill 194 reduces the number of early voting days from 35 to 17, eliminates voting on the weekend before an election, removes the requirement that poll workers direct voters to their proper precinct and prohibits county board of elections from mailing unsolicited absentee ballots.

Senator Sherrod Brown, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge attended the hearing Monday at the Federal Courthouse.

Supporters of these laws argue that they will reduce the risk of voter fraud but Fudge says changes make it more confusing for voters and may stop many of them from voting. She says we need to encourage people to vote not discourage them.

Voter fraud is virtually non existent in Ohio because chances are you'll get caught and go to prison says Brown.

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