COLUMBUS – State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) and House Democrats slammed GOP lawmakers on the Controlling Board Monday for refusing to approve funds to cover the cost of absentee ballot postage for Ohio voters ahead of the November election.


“I appreciate the Controlling Board’s action to release certain COVID-19 dollars which are much needed in our State,” said Rep. Ingram (D-Cincinnati). “I do believe there are some legislators in my great state resigned to do whatever possible to make it harder for certain groups of Ohioans to exercise their right to vote. Unpaid return postage on ballots is clearly a step in the wrong direction, but as always we will get beyond this. As Democrats we have been telling our constituents to ‘Plan to Vote!’ That’s what we have to do.”


House Democrats have consistently called on Sec. LaRose to use existing funds to pay for postage if the legislature fails to address it. An earlier statement by Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) included a timeline of events concerning return postage and the Controlling Board.


While Republican members on the Controlling Board voted down the request for prepaid postage funding, lawmakers approved a number of other significant items Monday:



  • $2 million in previously allocated funds to the Development Services Agency for the Minority Business Enterprise Loan program;

  • $34.8 million to from the federal CARES Act to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to expand COVID-19 testing and other safety measures in prisons;

  • $36.8 million in previously allocated funds to the Bureau of Worker’ Compensation for the continued purchasing of face coverings for Ohio workers.


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