LaRose Falsely Claims He Cannot Help Voters
Sweeney, Hicks-Hudson urge LaRose to stop obfuscating and use the tools he has
Posted July 15, 2020 by Minority Caucus

State Representatives Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) and Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) responded to statements made by Secretary of State Frank LaRose today at a Columbus bar suggesting he could not pay return postage for voters’ ballots and ballot applications without a law change. The Democratic lawmakers earlier sent him a letter along with Representatives Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati)showing his authority to pay return postage and demanding he do so.

“When it comes to purging voters for infrequent voting or throwing out primary voters’ provisional ballots, Sec. LaRose claims authority or invents authority from between the lines of the Ohio Revised Code. But when it comes to helping voters by paying return postage, he claims his hands are tied. While the global pandemic rages on, voters are growing more fearful and he’s playing ‘Mother may I’ with a GOP-led legislature that is uninterested in helping voters. My constituents deserve better than this. This election is not a game,” Rep. Sweeney said.

“The federal CARES Act gave the states money to run elections under extreme pandemic conditions, including for paying return postage for ballots and applications. The Ohio Controlling Board broadly authorized LaRose to spend that federal money. There is no obstacle here,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson.

Sec. LaRose said he supports paying return postage but he also said he supports House Bill 680. That bill would add new language to Ohio law prohibiting the secretary from doing what he has the current authority to do – pay return postage.

Featured Posts

Leader Sykes: "We Don't Trust Any Of Them."


House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement today after House Republicans voted to make Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) the next Speaker of the House. Every member of the Democratic Caucus voted against him.

“We don’t trust any of them.”


Rep. Miranda Introduces Campaign Finance Reform Bill


Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) on Monday introduced House Bill 737, with Rep. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville), bipartisan campaign finance reform legislation they say is the first step toward lifting the cloud of corruption that hangs over the Statehouse. The bill would bring Ohio campaign finance regulations in line with federal law. HB 737 mirrors legislation that was introduced by then-Senator Jon Husted in the 128th General Assembly. 


Reps. Sweeney, Russo Call For Hearings On Anti-corruption Bill


Reps. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) and Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) today called for hearings on House Bill 739, anti-corruption legislation that would require dark money groups to identify their funders and disclose their spending. The bill would also strengthen restrictions against foreign corporations and foreign governments influencing Ohio elections. Sweeney and Russo introduced the bill earlier this week


House Dems Announce $310 Million In COVID-19 Relief


House Democrats announced Monday the state Controlling Board approved another round of funding to support Ohio’s efforts to control the COVID-19 outbreak.