Clergy complain about Internet cafe petition drive

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of clergy and civil rights activists has complained that petition circulators for a ballot effort seeking to overturn Ohio’s effective ban on storefront sweepstakes parlors are misrepresenting their cause.

The group has asked the Franklin County Board of Elections to investigate whether the drive has been painted as seeking a federal probe into the Florida shooting death of unarmed Trayvon Martin.

The Committee to Protect Ohio Jobs is leading the signature-gathering effort for a referendum to repeal the law. Committee spokesman Mark Weaver says talking points for petition gatherers focus on jobs — and no other issue will be tolerated.

The election board is checking to see if the complaint letter dated Wednesday has arrived.

Last month, petition backers complained their signature gatherers had been harassed by opponents.

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