Representative Kathleen Clyde - House District 75
 

11.06.17 - Rep. Clyde To Join Mahoning County Board Of Elections Director Joyce Kale-Pesta To Observe On Election Day

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced plans to join Mahoning County Board of Elections Director Joyce Kale-Pesta on Election Day in an effort to support elections officials and observe the state of elections cybersecurity, both in Ohio and around the country.

 
 

11.03.17 - Rep. Clyde Announces $60,000 For Portage County Trail Work

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has approved $60,000 in project funding to Portage County trails through the Clean Ohio Trails Fund, NatureWorks and Recreational Trails Program grants. 

 
 

10.30.17 - Rep. Clyde Announces Over $360,000 In State Funds For Kent State Campus Safety Upgrades

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced over $360,000 in state funds to Kent State University (KSU) for safety upgrades to Rockwell Hall on the main campus, which houses KSU’s award-winning School of Fashion Design and Merchandising.

 
 

09.06.17 - Clyde Part Of Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Against Gerrymandering

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) recently shared her experiences as a state lawmaker in a severely gerrymandered state in a bipartisan amicus brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Wisconsin case, Gill v. Whitford, has implications for Ohio’s state legislative districts, which suffer similar constitutional defects. Plaintiffs in the case allege extreme partisan gerrymandering deprived them of their First Amendment right of association and the Equal Protection of the laws guaranteed to them by the 14th Amendment.

“When the minority party is locked out of the legislative process, so are their constituents,” said Rep. Clyde. “We cannot effectively serve the people of Ohio when half of Ohioans’ concerns and preferences are ignored. I have seen the quality of work at the Statehouse go downhill in my four terms here because of the gerrymandered map that was drawn in a ‘bunker’ and approved by a short-sighted majority in 2011. We need to turn this dysfunctionality around and that is why I joined state lawmakers from Ohio and across the country to share my experiences in the brief."

 
 

07.24.17 - Clyde Announces Stop The Purge Act Amid New Report On Ohio's Continued Practice Of Cancelling Voter Registrations

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the introduction of House Bill (HB) 274, or the Stop the Purge Act. The bill announcement comes on the heels of a recently released report by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission showing polling problems in Ohio. Rep. Clyde’s comments today also follow her recent call for Ohio to quit the Kansas Interstate Crosscheck purge program.

“My colleagues and I are continuing to fight the purge of Ohio voters with the re-introduction of the Stop the Purge Act, HB 274, which would protect eligible voters from cancellation,” said Clyde. “Thankfully, 635,000 Ohio voters have been protected from the purge that was planned for this summer because of the pending purge lawsuit. However, recently released federal data shows Ohio continues to be one of the worst purging states, and is the most aggressive state in the country at targeting voters for future purging. The Stop the Purge Act would put an end to Ohio’s notoriety in voter purging.”

 
 

07.13.17 - Clyde Calls For More Safeguarding Of Ohio Voters' Personal Information

 

Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today called for further action against ongoing efforts by the president’s “Election Integrity Commission” to obtain American voters’ data. She called on Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to stop sharing Ohio voters’ personal information through any channel with Kansas Secretary of State and Commission leader Kris Kobach.

“Ohio must stop putting our voters’ personal information at risk,” said Rep Clyde. “Our Secretary of State must stop sharing Ohio voter data, including the last four digits of Social Security numbers (SSN4), with Secretary Kris Kobach’s Interstate Crosscheck program, a pre-cursor to the president’s so-called Election Integrity Commission. And Secretary Husted must assure Ohioans that voter data he has already shared with Kobach will not be used for the president’s sham voter fraud commission.”

 
 

07.10.17 - Rep. Clyde Announces $1.1 Million In State Funds For NEOMED, Kent State Projects

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced over $1.1 million in state funds for ongoing campus upgrades at the Northeast Ohio College of Medicine (NEOMED) and Kent State University (KSU). 

 
 

06.30.17 - Clyde Statement On Federal Action To Collect Voter Names And ID Numbers

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement in response to action taken yesterday by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the leader of the president’s new commission on voting, to obtain the political affiliation and personal identification numbers of voters from all 50 states.

“It is well documented that President Trump's claim that millions of people voted illegally last fall is patently false. Yet, while ignoring the confirmed interference in our election by the Russian government, the president appointed a so-called Election Integrity Commission to try to legitimize his false claim about illegal voting. He’s put known vote suppressors in charge of it like Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell. 

 
 

06.28.17 - Clyde Releases Statement On Passage Of State Budget

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement today after the Ohio legislature passed House Bill (HB) 49, the state’s two-year operating budget which contains a harmful provision added by GOP members to make drastic Medicaid cuts in the Buckeye State:

“This state budget doubles down on policies that burden local communities and hurt working people across our state. Instead of providing a path to the middle class for those struggling with underemployment, drug addiction and low wages, Republican leaders are gutting Medicaid, threatening healthcare access to over 700,000 Ohioans. These are young people, veterans, seniors and citizens from all walks of life working to make ends meet. We deserve better. I voted ‘no’ on this budget and I urge the governor to line-item veto these attacks on access to healthcare for working people.”

 
 

06.19.17 - Clyde Seeks Answers For Ohio About Russian Interference In U.S. Election

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Jon Husted seeking answers about whether Ohio was the victim of Russian attacks on the country’s voting system. A new report confirmed that election systems in 39 states were breached by Russian hackers. The hacks were the subject of bipartisan concern in the U.S. Senate during recent testimony by former FBI Director James Comey, which was part of the larger investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

 
 

06.12.17 - Rep. Clyde Announces $142,000 In State Funds For NEOMED Renovations

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the release of over $142,000 in state funds for a renovation project at the Northeast Ohio College of Medicine (NEOMED).

“This project will extend the life of the buildings at NEOMED and give the next generation of healthcare professionals the facilities they need to work, learn and develop the skills to keep Ohio communities healthy,” said Rep. Clyde. 

 
 

06.08.17 - Clyde Statement On Final Meeting Of The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement today as the work of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission very likely comes to an end:

“A society’s constitution is a statement of not only its rules, but its values. Enshrined in our American and Ohio constitutions are timeless ideals like our inalienable human rights, our right to equal protection of the laws, our right to speak and worship without government censorship and our right to participate in our democracy. These documents also allow us to correct our past failures as a society and to modernize how we organize ourselves to be our best selves. The importance of these documents is hard to overstate.

 
 

06.06.17 - Clyde Statement On NSA Report Of Russian Hacking Of U.S. Election

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s report of a National Security Agency (NSA) analysis finding that Russian military intelligence engaged in phishing attacks to gain login credentials of election officials and access to U.S. voting systems.

“I am very disturbed by the NSA analysis that was reported on yesterday. The claims made in the report are exactly what I have raised in legislative committee hearings as we have heard bill after bill changing and weakening our voting system. The claims in that report are why I called last September for Secretary Husted to accept the help offered by the United States Department of Homeland Security in securing our voting systems. He refused, instead choosing to grandstand in shortsighted defiance of President Obama’s administration.

 
 

05.30.17 - Clyde Statement On U.S. Supreme Court Review Of Husted Purge Process

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court granting review of Ohio’s purge of voters:

“Ohio’s illegal purge process has no basis in state or federal law. It targets low-income voters and communities of color. The Supreme Court should affirm the reasoned opinion of the 6th Circuit, which held that purging hundreds of thousands of infrequent Ohio voters violated the National Voter Registration Act.

“The National Voter Registration Act was adopted in a bipartisan effort to increase voter registration and participation. Secretary Husted’s actions fly in the face of that duty and have made Ohio the number one purger of voters in the country.”

 
 

05.22.17 - Rep. Clyde Announces $77,000 In State Funds For Kent State Renovation Project

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the release of over $77,000 in state funds to Kent State University (KSU) for the next phase of renovations to Moulton Hall, which will house the expanding KSU College of Public Health.

“Kent State’s renowned College of Public Health is a major success, and thus, quickly outgrew its old space,” said Rep. Clyde. “This renovation will allow for continued growth and the opportunity for Kent State to lead the way in public health in Northeast Ohio.” 

 
 

05.09.17 - Clyde Testifies On TRUMP Act Before House Committee

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) testified today on House Bill 93, the Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public (TRUMP) Act in its first hearing in the Ohio House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee. The TRUMP Act would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to release their five most recent years of tax returns to qualify for the Ohio ballot.

“I am encouraged that the TRUMP Act is moving forward,” said Rep. Clyde. “I urge the committee to continue to hold hearings on this important legislation so that the American people know those vying for our highest offices are honest, accountable and acting in the best interest of our nation.”

Rep. Clyde’s full testimony is below:

 

 
 

05.09.17 - Clyde To Make Case For Taking Up TRUMP Act

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) will testify on House Bill 93, the Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public (TRUMP) Act in its first hearing in the Ohio House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee, TODAYTuesday, May 2 at 4:00 p.m. in Statehouse room 115.  

The TRUMP Act would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to release their five most recent years of tax returns to qualify for the Ohio ballot.

WHO:               State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent)

WHAT:            Testimony on the TRUMP Act

WHEN:            TODAY, Tuesday, May 9 at 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:        House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee

Ohio Statehouse room 115

 
 

05.08.17 - Rep. Clyde Announces $1.23 Million In State Funds For University Improvements, Investment In Local Business

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the release of over $1.23 million in state funds for various area projects, including improvements at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), Kent State University (KSU) and Camp Ravenna.

 
 

05.02.17 - Rep. Clyde Comments On House Passage Of Two-year State Budget Bill

 

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement after the Ohio House today passed House Bill (HB) 49, the two-year state budget largely along partisan lines.

 

 
 

04.24.17 - Rep. Clyde Announces Over $2 Million For Kent State Expansion Project

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced over $2 million in state funds to Kent State University (KSU) for renovations to Moulton Hall, which will house the expanding KSU College of Public Health.

“These investments lay the groundwork for Kent State to remain a leader in public health in Northeast Ohio,” said Rep. Clyde. “Kent State’s vision for the College of Public Health has been remarkable, and I am excited to see what lies ahead.”

 
 

04.13.17 - Clyde Statement Calling For House Hearing On TRUMP Act

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement today urging the Ohio House to call up House Bill 93, the Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public (TRUMP) Act, for its initial hearings:

“With Tax Day approaching, I can think of no better time to debate the TRUMP Act. Millions of Americans file their taxes this week each year, and an overwhelming majority want to know if their president has been doing the same. 

 
 

04.06.17 - Reps. Clyde, Howse Announce Ohio Equal Pay Act

 

State Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the introduction of the Ohio Equal Pay Act, a bill that would help close the longstanding gender pay gap between men and women in the Buckeye State.

“Too often, women with the same jobs as men and with the same education as men are paid less than men, see fewer opportunities for career advancement and are more likely to struggle to meet the basic needs of their families,” said Rep. Clyde. “The Ohio Equal Pay Act works to address the systemic undervaluing of women in the workplace and aims to ensure women are treated as what they are— equal.”

 
 

03.31.17 - Clyde To Speak At Duke University School Of Law

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent, Ohio) will join elected officials and noted policy experts today for a leadership roundtable discussion at the Duke University School of Law. The discussion is part of the American Constitution Society’s (ACS) Student Convention, an annual event that brings law students, lawmakers and legal experts together to discuss critical constitutional and public policy issues.

“It’s truly an honor to speak at Duke University at this important national gathering,” said Rep. Clyde. “ACS serves as an invaluable resource for many across the country as a leading repository for progressive thought and public policy. This is a unique opportunity to share my experiences in public service and to meet the next generation of lawyers, legislators and policy makers who will make a positive difference as leaders in their communities.” 

 
 

03.15.17 - Clyde Statement On HB 41, Targeted Attack On Ohio's Early Voters

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement today after the first hearing on House Bill (HB) 41, a bill that targets Ohio’s in-person early voters with a more difficult ID requirement while leaving mail voters’ ID requirement unchanged.

“When a bill like this shows up on the committee schedule, it can look harmless. But if you scratch the surface, you see exactly who it goes after – minority voters, women voters, and Democratic voters who use in-person early voting more than other groups. While purportedly about reducing paperwork, HB 41 is really an attack on an easy voting method that many Ohioans juggling work and family like to use. I’ve served these voters and know there is no need to change the ID requirement on them.

 
 

03.13.17 - Rep. Clyde Announces $615,000 In State Funds For Workforce Development, Kent State Projects

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced nearly $615,000 in state funds for two projects at Kent State University, including the purchase of telemedicine training equipment for the Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) program and funding for the Rockwell Hall building renovation project.

“Kent State’s leadership in the telemedicine RAPIDS program is changing healthcare in Northeast Ohio,” said Rep. Clyde. “Telemedicine improves health by increasing doctor-patient connectivity and allows medical professionals to treat patients who would otherwise lack access to care.” 

 
 

03.06.17 - Clyde Statement On NEOCH Petition To Bring Lawsuit To U.S. Supreme Court

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement on the heels of the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless’ (NEOCH) petition to seek redress in the U.S. Supreme Court:

“I applaud NEOCH and statewide voting rights advocates in their efforts to secure common sense ballot counting procedures at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Sixth and Eleventh Circuits are in conflict on this issue, and a decision must be made to strengthen this pillar of our democracy. Throwing out absentee and provisional ballots of eligible Ohio voters based on trivial, technical errors is disenfranchisement. It disproportionately impacts minority communities and the young and elderly. The Court is our last hope to reign in the excesses of anti-voting GOP lawmakers.”

 
 

03.02.17 - Clyde Statement On LaRose Congressional Redistricting Legislation

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement on Senator LaRose’s Senate Joint Resolution 3, a proposal dealing with congressional redistricting in Ohio:

“Senate Joint Resolution 3 likely arrives too late to get the legislature to approve anything to go before voters. The GOP has dragged its feet on this for three years. This plan is very similar to one that Democrats didn’t like in recent negotiations because it does not sufficiently limit the ability to carve up the state any way the map drawers want to. We could end up with another gerrymandered map where half the vote wins three quarters of the districts. 

 
 

02.27.17 - Rep. Clyde Announces $400,000 In State Funds Coming To Portage County

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the release of $200,000 in state funds to Kent State University for a building renovation project, and an additional $202,000 to DS Architects, a Kent-based firm selected to design safety improvements for juvenile correction facilities in both Cuyahoga and Stark Counties.

“By investing in our university and our local experts like the team at DS Architects, Northeast Ohio will continue to be a hub of learning and innovation,” said Rep. Clyde. 

 
 

02.27.17 - Rep. Clyde: Secretary Husted Again Reports On Problem He Refuses To Fix

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement in response to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s announcement that several dozen non-citizens may have voted in at least one election in the last year:

“This is a sad attempt to bolster the President’s lie about massive voter fraud. Secretary Husted’s own numbers again prove that ineligible people voting is almost nonexistent. My big concern is: why are we always hearing about this problem after an election when we can fix it beforehand? My Automatic Voter Registration bill, Ohio House Bill 14, would eliminate the problem of having any ineligible voters on the rolls— but Secretary Husted refuses to support my bill."

 
 

02.24.17 - Clyde Introduces TRUMP Act Requiring Presidential Candidates To Release Tax Returns To Get On Ohio Ballot

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the introduction of the Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public (TRUMP) Act, legislation requiring candidates for president and vice president to release their tax returns in order to appear on the Ohio ballot.

“To get on our ballot, presidential candidates should have to show us where their money is,” said Rep. Clyde. “Since 1980, every major party candidate for president has released his or her tax returns, until now. Without full disclosure of the President’s assets and debts, Americans have no way to know if he is acting on their behalf or just to enrich himself. All evidence points to pure self-interest— and that’s just what we know about.

 
 

02.09.17 - Clyde Introduces Automatic Voter Registration For Ohio

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the introduction of House Bill 14, legislation that would enact Automatic Voter Registration in Ohio. This system will require that eligible Ohioans in state and school databases be automatically registered to vote and have their registrations automatically updated unless they choose to opt out. Automatic voter registration could potentially add over 1 million eligible voters to Ohio’s voter rolls.

“Automatic voter registration is a far more sensible way to make the list of eligible voters in Ohio,” said Rep. Clyde. “House Bill 14 will allow Ohioans to be added to the rolls when they do everyday things like get a driver’s license, seek disability services or simply turn eighteen. Antiquated voter registration is a barrier to voting. Aggressive purging of voters is a barrier to voting. Automatic voter registration is the solution.”

 
 

02.03.17 - Clyde Statement On Husted Appeal In Voter Purge Lawsuit

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement in response to an appeal filed today by Secretary of State Jon Husted seeking to continue purging qualified voters from Ohio’s rolls:

“It looks like Secretary Husted is playing right along with President Trump’s lie about voter fraud with this appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Secretary Husted is playing a classic game of deflection. He wants you to believe that he is purging only deceased or duplicate voter registrations from the rolls. In fact, he is purging eligible American citizens from the rolls and taking away their right to vote. It’s an arrogant strike at our democracy. 

 
 

01.31.17 - Rep. Clyde To Lead House Dems On Government Accountability And Oversight Committee

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced she will again serve as the top Democratic member of the Ohio House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. The committee handles elections and voting rights issues introduced in the Ohio House. 

“I am honored to again serve as ranking member on the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee,” said Clyde. “I look forward to working together with my legislative colleagues to promote good government, fairer elections and equal access to the ballot for all.” 

 
 

01.18.17 - Rep. Clyde To Attend Women's March In Washington D.C.

 

State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) will be in attendance at the Women’s March on Washington in Washington D.C. on Saturday January 21, 2017. She will march with Americans from across the country for a platform of equality. Rep. Clyde will be available to the press for comment all day Saturday. 

 
 

01.13.17 - Rep. Clyde Named Legislator Of The Year By Ohio's Election Officials

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) was named Legislator of the Year for 2016 by the Ohio Association of Election Officials (OAEO) at their annual conference Thursday in Columbus. The OAEO Legislator of the Year Award honors state legislators who have helped promote better elections in Ohio.

“I am truly honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Rep. Clyde. “We’ve worked to promote better elections by expanding access and making voting easier for all Ohioans. That means pursuing an election system where every eligible voter can easily register, stay on the rolls, cast a ballot and have that vote count. I’ll continue to work until that ideal becomes reality in Ohio.” 

 
 

12.13.16 - Rep. Clyde Responds To Kasich Signing Latest Ohio Abortion Ban

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today released the following statement after Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 127 into law, outlawing abortion after 20 weeks in Ohio: 

“Before Roe v. Wade, 5,000 women per year died from lack of access to safe and legal abortion and we are heading right back there. Ohio’s GOP refuses to recognize women as pain-capable people with their own individual freedom and rights. This ban, the eighteenth restriction that Governor Kasich has signed, is an insult to all women and a danger to their health and their lives. Low-income women especially will be harmed as they have limited resources to overcome the many obstacles enacted by our mostly male politicians.” 

 
 

12.09.16 - Legislature Sends Dangerous State Government Shutdown Bill To Governor's Desk

 

In an early Friday morning House session, the Republican-controlled House rubber stamped a sweeping bill that could shut down state government by giving the legislature new power to dissolve executive-branch state agencies. The bill, Senate Bill 329, would force some 25 state agencies every four years to spend extra money and resources to defend against elimination based on a number of factors, including the potential for privatization, and a regulations evaluation against other states. 

"SB 329 comes straight out of the Congressional playbook of government shutdown politics," said Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent). "Brinkmanship is a dangerous way to govern. I hope the governor does the responsible thing and vetoes this reckless piece of legislation."

 
 

12.05.16 - Clyde Announces $37K In State Funds For Kent State Fuel Cell Research

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the release of $37,000 in Third Frontier funds to Kent State University for a project to develop a universal, repeatable test for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC).

“Third Frontier drives innovation by bringing top researchers and local start-ups together,” said Clyde. “By supporting projects like this, we can advance the new energy technologies that will power our future, and create good quality jobs in Northeast Ohio.”

 
 

12.02.16 - Clyde Responds To Good And Bad News In Ohio's Vote Certification

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) responded to yesterday’s certification of the Ohio’s vote totals.

“There was both good news and bad news this year in the counting of Ohio’s votes,” said Rep. Clyde. “Because of our long fight to count ballots and the persistence of voting rights advocates, the good news is that 7,515 illegally purged voters had their ballots counted instead of thrown out yesterday. If Secretary Husted had prevailed, those ballots would have been thrown out again and the provisional ballot count rate would have been the worst since Ken Blackwell ran the 2004 election. Instead, the 2016 count rate was just under average for the last decade.

 
 

11.15.16 - Rep. Clyde: ODOT Partners With Kent Business To Offer Staff Trainings

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde today announced $49,000 in state funding for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to contract with Davey Resource Group, a Kent-based company specializing in natural resource and utility consulting. Funds will be used to provide training courses on roadside tree management to ODOT staff.

“These training courses will allow ODOT to improve safety, cut costs and better protect the environment and our roadways,” said Rep. Clyde. “In partnering with Davey Resource Group, ODOT staff will receive the best training to turn theory into practice.”

 
 

11.03.16 - Rep. Clyde To Husted: Get Smart - Go Paperless!

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent), with Kent State student Hana Barkowitz, today called on Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to step into the age of smartphones and make voter ID paperless.

“Many young people, like me, are dependent on their smartphones,” said Kent State student Hana Barkowitz. “Ohioans can use their smartphones to get into concerts and presidential rallies, and they can even show proof of car insurance on their phones. Ohio should get smart and allow paperless voter ID.” 

A study from the Pew Research Center found that 15 percent of young Americans and 13 percent of low income Americans are heavily dependent on their smartphones for access to the internet. Compared to 1 percent of American households earning $75,000 or more per year.

“It’s important that we make it easy to vote for all Ohioans - that includes students, low income voters and other voters who rely heavily on their smartphones,” said Rep. Clyde. “Husted still has a chance to get smart and allow paperless voter ID on Tuesday.” 

 
 

10.20.16 - Clyde Statement On Remedy Allowing Purged Voters To Cast Ballots That Will Count

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the below statement in response to last night’s federal district court order rejecting Secretary of State Husted’s limited remedy for purged voters and implementing a solution that will allow more people to cast ballots in the November election:

"After a federal court of appeals found Secretary Husted had illegally purged voters, the secretary still tried to get the very stingiest remedy to his wrongdoing approved by the lower court. The court soundly rejected Husted's inadequate proposal," said Rep. Clyde. "Illegally purged voters will get to vote and have their votes counted in this historic election and that is a huge victory for the people of Ohio."

 
 

10.17.16 - Clyde Announces State Funds For Workforce Development, KSU Projects

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced over $800,000 in state investments for two projects at Kent State University, including the purchase of advanced manufacturing training equipment and funds for the Taylor Hall building renovations project.

“The RAPIDS Program in Northeast Ohio partners area manufacturers with Kent State to train local workers in the next generation of advanced technologies, including 3D printing,” said Rep. Clyde. “With these new skills, workers will have the training they need to do the job on day one.” 

 
 

10.14.16 - Clyde To Husted: Put Them Back On The Rolls.

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today called on Secretary of State Jon Husted to restore illegally purged Ohio voters to the rolls and count the vote of any voter who should never have been purged in the first place. Yesterday, Husted ended negotiations with voting rights advocates and filed a motion in federal district court seeking to keep purged voters off the rolls and to continue to throw out the ballots of the wrongly purged.

“Over the past five years, under Husted, Ohio has led the nation in purging voters from the rolls. That's not on accident. That's on purpose. And the court caught him. And like so many other GOP officials across the country who want to tip elections in their favor, Husted is still refusing to make things right even after he was caught red-handed,” said Rep. Clyde.

 
 

10.11.16 - As Voter Registration Ends And Early Voting Begins, Rep. Clyde Releases Guides For Early Voting By Mail And In Person

 

With Ohio's voter registration ending today, and early voting beginning tomorrow, State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released guides today for early voting by mail and in person.  

Rep. Clyde has been traveling across the state, talking to voters and Ohioans about the ongoing effort to improve early voting opportunities and voter access. 

“Ohio adopted early voting for all in 2005, but it's been a struggle to keep it ever since. Republicans have continuously led efforts to reduce voter turnout, to promote the boogeyman issue of voter fraud and to eliminate opportunities for early voting,” said Rep. Clyde. 

 
 

10.07.16 - Local Leaders Discuss Illegal Voter Purging, Detail Election Day Impact On Mahoning Valley Voters

 

State Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), with Mahoning County Commissioner Carol Righetti and City Councilman Mike Ray, today discussed the recent court victory that ruled illegal Secretary of State Jon Husted's purging of tens of thousands of Mahoning Valley voters and the decision's impact on the election. 

In light of this illegal purging, the group also reiterated how important it is for all residents to check their registration status and to get registered by Ohio's Oct. 11 deadline.  

"Secretary Husted has continually and arbitrarily picked winners and losers in his effort to undermine the right to vote," said Rep. Clyde. "Husted's tactics have been ruled illegal – a historic victory for voters. But everyone should check their registration as over 70,000 Mahoning Valley voters were illegally purged."

 
 

10.04.16 - Clyde To Husted: Enough Is Enough

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today called on Secretary of State Jon Husted to atone for his illegal purging of 1.2 million Ohio voters and restore them to their lawful, rightful ability to vote in the November election.

 
 

09.27.16 - On National Voter Registration Day, Rep. Clyde Explains How 1.2 Million Voters Got The Ballot Back

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today provided details about last week's historic court victory, which will put more than 1.2 million Ohio voters back on the voting rolls. 

Rep. Clyde and Andre Washington, a lead plaintiff in the case that restored these voters, outlined the impact of the five year legal battle to rightfully restore purged voters back to the rolls.

 
 

09.23.16 - Rep. Clyde Responds To SOS Husted's Latest Mischaracterization Of A Voting Rights Win

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following response to Ohio Secretary of State John Husted’s mischaracterization of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, which found Husted’s voter registration purging to be illegal and ordered him to stop purging voters for not voting:

“I refuse to let this secretary of state mischaracterize yet another win for Ohio voters. Jon Husted’s suggestion that we want ineligible or dead voters on the rolls is nothing but inflammatory partisan politics. This decision validates the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of people who never should have been purged in the first place – people who simply moved within the state or didn’t vote in every election. I look forward to seeing the hundreds of thousands of purged Ohioans who are still eligible to vote restored to the rolls.”

 
 

09.23.16 - Rep. Clyde: Decision Is A Victory For Voters Unfairly Targeted By Husted

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision overturning the district court and ordering Secretary Husted to stop purging voters for not voting:

“Today’s decision is a victory for voters, voting rights and common sense. Husted must stop illegally purging eligible and registered voters. Now, Ohioans who are registered and show up to vote can be confident that their ballots will be counted instead of thrown out.

 
 

09.23.16 - Rep. Clyde Challenges Ohio Students To Register Fellow Classmates

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued a challenge to Ohio College Democratic chapters each to register 50 students during National Voter Registration Day activities on Tuesday, Sept. 27. This marks the second year Clyde has issued the challenge. Last year’s challenge saw student groups register hundreds during campus registration drives.

“Young voters, students and low-income voters oftentimes have the most trouble staying on the rolls,” said Rep. Clyde. “This challenge is a way to engage young people, register voters and alert Ohioans of the current voter registration requirements so they are not left behind come Election Day.”

 
 

09.14.16 - Rep. Clyde: Court Says Husted Must Stop Illegally Tossing Ballots

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement in response to the decision by a panel of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals:

“The Court found that Husted has been illegally tossing out the ballots of eligible and registered voters. He must stop. Husted’s job is to let the people vote, not to break down our democratic system.

 
 

09.13.16 - Rep. Clyde Statement On U.S. Supreme Court Decision On First Week Of Early Voting

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Court’s decision to deny a stay request filed by Ohio Democrats to reinstate same day registration and the first week of early voting in the Buckeye State:

“I am very disappointed in this news from the U.S. Supreme Court. As the trial court found, the burden of Ohio Senate Bill 238’s elimination of the first week of early voting and same day registration disproportionately falls on minorities here in Ohio. Unfortunately, the Court is not always well-equipped to remedy every discriminatory measure that lands before it. I will continue to fight legislative efforts to restrict voting, especially those that harm minority voters.”

 
 

09.12.16 - Rep. Clyde Announces State Investment At NEOMED

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced nearly $195,000 in state funds for facility improvements at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).

“As NEOMED has expanded, they are always looking toward the future,” said Rep. Clyde. “This project allows the university to save on energy costs in the long-run, which is money that will be better spent training Northeast Ohio’s future doctors, nurses and medical professionals.” 

 
 

08.23.16 - Rep. Clyde Statement On 6th Circuit Early Voting Decision

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals panel decision overturning the district court and upholding Senate Bill 238’s elimination of the first week of early voting:

“I am very disappointed in this decision from the 6th Circuit panel. The Court ignored the intensive fact-finding done by District Court Judge Watson and applied a test that would appear to allow voting restrictions straight out of the 1950s. The facts uncovered by the lower court remain: there was no sufficient justification to eliminate the first week of early voting and the burden falls disproportionately on Ohio’s minority voters.”

 
 

07.22.16 - Rep. Clyde Urges SOS Husted To Adopt More Effective Voter Outreach

 

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) spoke out against the decision by Secretary Husted to target unregistered Ohio voters with a mailing encouraging them to register, but not including a voter registration form as part of the mailing. 

 
 

07.14.16 - Rep. Clyde Seeks Records To Determine The Impact Of Purging On Ohio Elections

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) sent the below letter to Secretary of State Jon Husted providing an analysis of the effects of rejecting ballots from ‘purged’ voters in Hamilton County and requesting records to determine the extent of the problem statewide.

“Ohioans who play by the rules are being purged from the rolls and their votes are not being counted as a result. It happened in my county, it happened in Hamilton County, and it happens in every county in our state. People who have properly registered to vote and who are eligible to vote in Ohio are being struck from the rolls arbitrarily. We need to fix this problem immediately and make sure no one is deprived of their fundamental American right to vote.” said Rep. Clyde.

 
 

07.11.16 - Rep. Clyde Announces State Investments At NEOMED

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced over $1.34 million in state funds for scientific research equipment and facility improvements at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).

“NEOMED is fast becoming a preeminent medical and research institution both in Northeast Ohio and across the country,” said Rep. Clyde. “This project helps deliver the state-of the-art facilities the university needs to continue to grow into the future.”    

 
 

06.30.16 - Clyde Issues Statement On District Court Decision In Purge Lawsuit

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement in response to the federal district court’s decision in the voter purging lawsuit:

“I disagree with the court’s decision. Secretary Husted has purged over 1 million voters from the rolls who remain eligible to vote. Voting infrequently and moving within the state of Ohio do not change a voter’s right or qualifications to vote. I am optimistic that the appeals court will correct this error of the lower court,” said Clyde. “People who have registered to vote, like Portage County resident and military veteran Larry Harmon, show up and cast a ballot on Election Day. But their ballots aren’t counted because they’ve been purged. That is wrong.” 

 
 

06.27.16 - Rep. Clyde Releases Statement On SCOTUS Victory In Whole Woman's Health Case

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, reaffirming a woman’s constitutional right to make her own decisions regarding her personal health:

“Today’s decision places personal health decisions back in the hands of women and their doctors. It is a huge win not only for women in Texas, but also for those in Ohio and states across the country. The United States Constitution protects women’s freedom, and today’s decision reaffirms that basic and most fundamental right. Continued attacks on women’s reproductive healthcare only endanger public health and should not stand. With Texas’ medically unnecessary laws now overturned, I urge my colleagues to repeal similar unconstitutional TRAP laws here in Ohio. We can start with House Bill 370, which would eliminate Ohio’s onerous and unnecessary transfer agreement requirement.”

 
 

06.17.16 - Clyde Statement On Kasich Veto Of Senate Bill 296

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement in response to Governor Kasich’s veto of Senate Bill 296:

“I am so pleased that the governor heeded the warning of the voting rights community and Democratic lawmakers and vetoed Senate Bill 296. Governor Kasich made the right call and I am thankful for his action. Today’s veto stops a harmful bill that would have acted as a poll tax on the most vulnerable Ohioans. Emergencies happen and our officials need the ability to respond to ensure access to the polls. Thank you, Governor Kasich.” 

 
 

06.14.16 - Clyde Releases Statement On SOS Husted Announcement, Indefensible Voter Purging

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement in response to a press conference held today by Secretary of State Jon Husted:

“Secretary Husted has purged over 1 million voters from the rolls for choosing to vote infrequently and over half a million voters simply for moving within the state, even though they remain eligible to vote. Today’s announcement that he is joining yet another interstate program to find more voters to remove from the rolls is exactly the wrong direction Ohio should be moving. He should start by restoring those he purged, like Portage County resident and military veteran Larry Harmon who is suing Husted over being purged and disenfranchised.

 
 

06.09.16 - Clyde Urges Kasich To Veto Senate Bill 296 Poll Tax

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) sent the below letter to Governor Kasich urging a veto of SB 296.

“Senate Bill 296 is simply a mean-spirited attempt to prevent voters to have access to justice when their rights are being violated. Its requirement that a voter post a large cash bond to keep the polls open is tantamount to a poll tax. This kind of brazen voting restriction is dangerous and shows just how far some will go to stop people from voting. I hope that Governor Kasich will veto Senate Bill 296,” said Rep. Clyde.

 
 

06.08.16 - Clyde Applauds Victory For Voters In NEOCH Lawsuit

 

State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement today about the decision in the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) v. Husted lawsuit. Rep. Clyde was the lead witness in the trial when it began in March. She testified about her experiences working with the homeless population in central Ohio and the legislative process that led up to additional restrictions being placed on Ohio voters.

Rep. Clyde’s statement:

“NEOCH has fought for the dignity and equality of homeless Ohioans in every way. This is a victory for the vulnerable voters they represent as well as all Ohioans. Under the court’s decision, barriers to counting provisional and absentee ballots will be greatly reduced. Making a simple mistake on paperwork won’t cause voters to be stripped of their fundamental rights. Poll workers will no longer be prohibited from helping voters.

 
 

05.24.16 - Clyde Releases Statement On Same Day Voter Registration Court Decision

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement in support of today’s federal district court decision that Ohio legislation eliminating a week of same day registration violated both the 14th amendment and the Voting Rights Act:

"On the same day the legislature voted to shut down online voter registration updates and postpone new online registrations until 2017, a federal court reinstated Ohio's same day registration week. I am happy the court agreed with Democratic officials that SB 238's removal of the same day registration violates the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution. I hope we can put a stop to further voting restrictions between now and November."

 
 

05.23.16 - Clyde Calls On House Speaker To Reject Senate Bills That Restrict Voting

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) sent the below letter to Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger calling for a stop to Senate Bill 63 and Senate Bill 296, two bills that would put more restrictions on Ohioans’ right to vote.

“The House is poised to pass one bill that would shut down Ohio’s online voter registration update system and a second bill that would close the state’s courthouse doors to voters who can’t afford a hefty price. We need to change course.” said Clyde. “When the legislature restricts our right to vote, they undercut our most basic freedom.”

See Rep. Clyde’s letter below: 

 
 

05.19.16 - Clyde Attends National Automatic Voter Registration Convening At NYU

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) joined former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and other elected officials and advocates for the Brennan Center at NYU’s “Automatic Voter Registration: Why and How” convening in New York earlier this week. The event detailed automatic registration efforts across the country and how these efforts are welcoming millions of Americans to the ballot box.

 
 

05.05.16 - Rep. Clyde Announces Count The Votes Act To Stop Rejection Of Ballots

 

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the Count the Votes Act, a bill to end the practice of throwing out ballots for trivial and technical reasons. In the last presidential election, over 47,000 ballots were thrown out. Rejection rates in elections since then have gotten worse.

 
 

05.02.16 - Clyde Announces State Partnership With Atwater Business

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced $55,158  in state funds have been made available to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) to purchase new tactical cameras from the Atwater-based business ST Customs.

 
 

04.06.16 - Rep. Clyde Disputes Kasich's Rosy State Of The State Claims

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today reacted to Governor Kasich’s State of the State address, saying that the reality on the ground for working people does not match the rosy picture painted by the governor Wednesday night in Marietta.

 
 

04.06.16 - Clyde Applauds Lawsuit To Stop The Purge Of Ohio Voters From The Rolls

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement regarding today’s filing of an anti-purging lawsuit by the A. Philip Randolph Institute and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless assisted by the ACLU and Demos against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. 

 
 

03.21.16 - Rep. Kathleen Clyde, Nationally Acclaimed Author Ari Berman To Discuss Voting Rights

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) will join nationally acclaimed investigative journalist and author Ari Berman this week to discuss the movement to expand and protect voting rights from the 1960s to today, as detailed in Berman’s new book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. The book has been named a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and listed on 2015 best book lists from NPR, the New York Times and the Washington Post. The statewide tour presented by the American Constitution Society, Ohio Voice and America Votes has stopsin Columbus and Cincinnati on Tuesday, March 22 and Cleveland on Wednesday, March 23

 
 

03.16.16 - Clyde Appears As Lead Witness Against Harmful Voter Restrictions

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement today about her appearance in federal court as the lead witness for the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless in their fight to protect voting rights. She testified about her experiences working with the homeless population in our community and the legislative process that led up to additional restrictions being placed on Ohio voters and the counting of their ballots.

“I was proud to stand up as the lead witness for these plaintiffs who fight for the dignity and equality of homeless Ohioans in every way. The NEOCH v. Husted lawsuit has secured important protections for all Ohio voters putting in place rules requiring non-photo ID to be accepted at the polls and requiring ballots cast in the right polling location but the wrong precinct table to be counted. The plaintiffs are back in court to combat the newest harmful and unjustified barriers to voters’ rights. These barriers cause provisional and absentee ballots to be thrown out over technical mistakes and omissions even though boards of elections are easily able to identify the voter and verify their voting eligibility.”

 
 

03.11.16 - Rep. Clyde Releases Statement On Decision To Restore Young Voters' Rights

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement regarding today’s court ruling that overturned a statewide directive from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted barring eligible 17-year-olds from voting in Tuesday’s presidential primary: 

 
 

03.08.16 - Clyde Issues Statement On Lawsuit Challenging Disenfranchisement Of 17-year-old Voters

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement in response to a lawsuit brought by a number of eligible 17-year-old voters challenging Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s directive to exclude them from presidential primary voting:

“Ohio law is clear and has permitted those who will be 18 years old before the November election to vote in the presidential primary since 1981. Disenfranchising eligible voters is wrong, creates confusion, and drives people away from the voting process. I applaud these extraordinary young Ohioans in their fight to be able to vote in our state’s presidential primary.”

A copy of the lawsuit can be found here.

 
 

03.04.16 - Clyde Criticizes New, Backroom Attack On Student Access To Polls

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today issued a response to Sec. Jon Husted’s directive that excludes 17-year-olds from presidential primary voting. Ohio has permitted those who will be 18 years old before the November election to vote in the presidential primary since 1981.

“I was astonished to learn that 17-year-old Ohioans who will legally become adults before the November election are now being prohibited from having a say in the direction of their country at the presidential ballot box during the primary. Ohio’s pro-voter practice that welcomes young adults into the process has been on the books since 1981,” said Clyde. 

“Secretary Husted’s latest underhanded, backroom attack on our most fundamental freedom should have us all concerned – about this and about his repeated claims he has made it easier to vote in Ohio – when in fact he continues to find ways to make it harder,” Clyde continued.

 
 

02.25.16 - Rep. Kathleen Clyde Encourages Local College Grads To Apply For Paid Statehouse Fellowship

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC)  is accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program. The Commission will hire 24 fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly during 2017.

 
 

02.08.16 - Rep. Clyde Announces $50K State Investment In NEOMED Gene Therapy Project

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the release of $50,000 in Third Frontier funds to Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) for its gene therapy project.

“Third Frontier brings entrepreneurs and leading researchers together, allowing ideas to drive innovation,” said Clyde. “By supporting these projects, local start-ups will be better equipped to develop new technologies, create jobs and change lives.”

 
 

02.05.16 - Rep. Clyde Testifies On Resolution Creating Thomas Paine Day In Ohio

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) gave sponsor testimony before the House Education Committee last week on a resolution honoring Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense and one of the leading rebels during the American Revolution. House Resolution 269 (HR 269) would designate Jan. 29 as Thomas Paine Day in Ohio and pay tribute to the renowned essayist and political activist.

 
 

02.03.16 - Rep. Clyde Urges SOS Husted To Issue A Directive To Count Every Vote

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) sent a letter to Secretary of State Jon Husted today urging him to issue an additional directive to ensure all ballots with missing postmarks are counted. 

 
 

01.29.16 - Rep. Clyde To Appear On This Week's The State Of Ohio News Program

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) will sit down in studio with host Karen Kasler to discuss the importance of creating an online voter registration system in Ohio on this week’s The State of Ohio news program. 

 
 

01.29.16 - Rep. Clyde Questions Partial Fix Of Postmark Issues

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement in response to the issuance of a new postmark directive:

 
 

01.20.16 - Rep. Clyde Urges SOS Husted To Issue Directive Fixing Postmark Problems

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today sent the below letter to Secretary of State Jon Husted, urging him to issue a directive before Ohio’s March presidential primary to avoid the problems of recent past elections. Thousands of absentee ballots have been thrown out in previous elections for allegedly lacking a postmark. 

 
 

01.11.16 - Rep. Clyde Announces State Funds For NEOMED Facility Repairs

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced $230,000 in state funding for the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) facility improvement project at the Rootstown campus.

 
 

12.18.15 - Rep. Clyde Releases Statement On ACLU, Demos & APRI's Effort To Stop Husted's Voter Purging

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement in support of ACLU, Demos, and APRI’s (A. Philip Randolph Institute) pre-litigation action against Secretary of State Jon Husted for unlawfully purging voters from the rolls:

 
 

12.14.15 - Rep. Kathleen Clyde: State To Invest $100K In Portage County Tech Start-ups

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the release of $100,000 in state Third Frontier funds to Flexible ITO Solutions of Kent, Ohio, for its Smart Windows project.

 
 

12.11.15 - Clyde Responds To Failed Investigation Of Planned Parenthood

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement on the conclusion of Attorney General DeWine’s misguided investigation of Planned Parenthood:

"It's no surprise that Attorney General DeWine has announced the end of his failed investigation on a Friday afternoon. This harassment of Planned Parenthood and its patients is inexcusable. The attempt to paint the women's healthcare provider as a lawbreaker is sad and deeply troubling. Governor Kasich's equally weak call for his Health Department to take legal action is dangerous, and puts women in harm's way. I stand with Planned Parenthood because it is a trusted and valuable resource for women and men in Ohio." 

 
 

12.08.15 - Rep. Clyde Statement On New Voting Lawsuit Brought By Disabled Voters

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today released the following statement about the federal voting lawsuit filed yesterday against Secretary of State Jon Husted. The suit alleges failure of the secretary’s voting website to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as failure to work with the disabled community to achieve voting equality:

 
 

12.04.15 - Rep. Clyde Files Second Protest On GOP Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) sent a memo to the House Clerk on November 20 protesting the silencing of debate on the Planned Parenthood defunding legislation, Sub. H.B. 294. On November 24, before the holiday break, the Clerk refused to print the protest in the House Journal. In response, Rep. Clyde today reaffirmed her constitutional right to protest in an updated memo of protest to the House Clerk. 

 
 

12.02.15 - Rep. Clyde Announces Stop The Purge Act To Stop Aggressive Voter Purging

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the introduction of House Bill 402, the Stop the Purge Act. 

 
 

11.23.15 - Clyde Calls For Directive To Count Ballots That Were Not Postmarked

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent)  today sent a letter to Secretary of State Jon Husted urging him to issue a directive to all counties requiring ballots with minor errors like a missing postmark to be counted. She is also seeking a hearing on HB 309 as soon as possible to correct this problem with Ohio state law. 

 
 

11.20.15 - Rep. Clyde Protests Silencing Of Democrats Who Opposed The Defunding Of Planned Parenthood

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) sent the below memo to the House Clerk to protest the cutting off of debate on Sub. H.B. 294 this week. Rep. Clyde had planned to deliver a speech on the House floor against the bill to defund Planned Parenthood but the Speaker did not permit her to speak to the bill. Her protest letter contains her speech and will be published in the House Journal in accordance with the Ohio Constitution. 

 
 

11.10.15 - Rep. Clyde Urges Secretary Husted To Take Immediate Action To Count Votes

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D- Kent) sent a letter today urging Secretary Husted to take immediate action in order to comply with state and federal law in counting votes from the 2015 general election. 

 
 

10.20.15 - Reps. Clyde, Fedor Announce Bill To End Restrictions On Women's Healthcare

 

State Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today announced the introduction of House Bill 370, legislation to lift the requirement for written transfer agreements between women’s health clinics and hospitals. 

 
 

10.19.15 - Rep. Clyde Announces State Loan For Kent-area Small Business

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced $460,000 in state loan funding to finance the purchase of land and to construct facilities for Capstone Equity Partners in Kent, Ohio. 

 
 

10.08.15 - Reps Clyde And Curtin Respond To Congressional Redistricting Reform Proposal

 

State Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Mike Curtin (D-Marble Cliff) released the following statements in response to today’s presentation on Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR 2), congressional redistricting reform, at the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission. 

 
 

10.08.15 - Rep. Kathleen Clyde Announces Thinking For A Change Funding

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced today that the Portage County Common Pleas Adult Probation Department will be awarded $103,648 in grant funding. 

 
 

10.07.15 - Rep. Kathleen Clyde Issues Statement On Address Confidentiality Bill

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement on the introduction of a new bill to create an Address Confidentiality Program for Ohioans impacted by domestic violence. 

“I am very pleased that the Address Confidentiality Program is closer then ever to becoming a reality for the many Ohioans whose lives are impacted by domestic violence and the sometimes paralyzing fear of an abuser. An ACP program will offer a lifeline to these individuals, allowing them to engage in simple acts like voting without fear for their lives or the lives of their children. I have worked on legislation to create such a program for six years. ACP legislation was approved unanimously by the House in 2010, and we should work to pass it in both chambers and send it to the Governor before the end of 2015.”

 
 

09.28.15 - Rep. Clyde Applauds State Funds For Kent's Davey Resource Group

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced $49,460 in state funding for the Davey Resource Group to assist the Ohio Department of Transportation to study improvements in landscape efficiency.

 
 

09.23.15 - Reps. Clyde, Howse Introduce The Ohio Equal Pay Act

 

State Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the introduction of House Bill 330, the Ohio Equal Pay Act. The legislation aims to address the persistent problem of unequal pay between women and men. 

 
 

09.22.15 - Rep. Clyde Announces Legislation To Mark National Voter Registration Day

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today introduced House Bill 337 to create “Ohio Voter Registration Day” on the fourth Tuesday of every September. The bill will make Ohio an active participant in the National Voter Registration Day, which is being celebrated today with registration events around the country. 

 
 

09.21.15 - Rep. Clyde Will Announce Legislation To Mark National Voter Registration Day

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) will host a National Voter Registration Day event and announce new legislation TOMORROW at Kent State University at 12:00 noon. The Kent lawmaker will be registering voters with the Kent State College Democrats and will announce new voting legislation.

 
 

09.17.15 - Clyde: Biden's Presence At Ohio State Underscores Need For Honest Conversation About Sexual Assault On Campus

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement in advance of Vice President Joe Biden’s visit* to Ohio State University (OSU) to advocate for changes in the way sexual assault is prevented and handled on college campuses: 

 
 

09.17.15 - Clyde, Turner Urge Quick Action For Fair And Lawful Ballot Language

 

Ballot Board members State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and former Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) released the following statement today in response to the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision to overturn unlawful ballot language for Issue 3.

Rep. Clyde’s statement:

“I am pleased the Ohio Supreme Court has ordered the Ballot Board to meet again and follow the law this time. I voted against the original language because of its clearly misleading content and omissions. We have a duty to provide fair, unbiased language to the voters. In addition, county election officials are squeezed by an impossible timeline that requires them to print and mail ballots within 24 hours. This is a terrible way to run elections.”

Sen. Turner’s statement:

“The Ohio Supreme Court has rightly sent us back to the drawing board. Now it’s a race against the clock to get new language to the county boards of elections so that they can print their ballots in time to send them to military and overseas voters. It is my hope that we will approve language that clearly and accurately explains the issue to the voters and creates minimal disruptions to election officials who are working hard to serve Ohio’s voters. This last-minute change could have been avoided if the Board had done its duty correctly the first time.”

 
 

09.16.15 - Rep. Clyde Denounces GOP Official's Statement On Making Voting Harder

 

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement today in response to recently discovered comments made this summer by GOP county commissioners about online voter registration. 

Medina GOP County Commissioners have cited an unexplained threat of “fraud” to justify their lack of support for online voter registration. However, Commissioner Adam Friedrick went so far as to reveal his true thoughts about voting: “I think voting is a privilege that people should make more of an effort to exercise,” he said. “That’s why I think we should make it hard for people to vote, not easy.”

Rep. Clyde’s statement: 

“Although this statement by a GOP elected official is truly shocking, it perfectly describes the game plan of the GOP to restrict Ohioans’ right to vote. We have seen voting rights attacked by bill after bill and hundreds of thousands of voters purged from Ohio’s rolls. Let’s be very clear: voting is a RIGHT and it is our sworn duty as elected officials’ to uphold it and protect it.  

 
 

09.03.15 - Rep. Clyde Shares Public Comments On SOS's Vote Counting Directive

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today issued the following statement about the Secretary of State finally complying with the law requiring a public comment period for proposed directives: 

 
 

09.01.15 - Rep. Clyde Introduces HB 309 To Count Votes With Missing Postmarks

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced today the introduction of House Bill 309, legislation to fix a problem in the law that requires voters’ absentee ballots to be thrown out if they arrive on time at boards of elections without a postmark. 

 
 

08.24.15 - Rep. Kathleen Clyde To Host Town Hall Tour Today

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde will host town hall meetings at Streetsboro City Hall at 5:00 p.m. and the Kent Free Library at 7:00 p.m.The Kent lawmaker will give an update on the state budget and important issues affecting the district.  She will also spend time listening to citizens’ ideas, concerns and feedback.

 
 

08.18.15 - Rep. Kathleen Clyde To Host Town Hall Tour Across Portage County

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) will host a Town Hall Tour in Portage County on August 24, 25, 31and September 1. The Kent lawmaker will give an update on the state’s biennial budget and important issues affecting the district. She will also spend time listening to citizens’ ideas, concerns and feedback.

 
 

08.17.15 - Rep. Clyde Announces State Funding For Kent Manufacturer

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced today that the state has approved a low-interest loan of $235,000 to help retain and expand local manufacturing operations in Portage County.  

 
 

08.06.15 - Clyde Invited To White House For Voting Rights Act Event

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) was invited to and will attend the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Voting Rights Act at the White House today.

Rep. Clyde will join President Obama and key leaders from around the country in marking the historic signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The White House event will also call for the renewing of the Voting Rights Act in order to combat attacks on voting rights in states like Ohio that have sought to limit access to the polls. 

“I am honored to be asked to participate in this White House event,” said Clyde. “Voting is our most fundamental right, and we must do all we can at the local, state, and federal levels to protect people’s access to the polls.”

 
 

08.05.15 - Clyde Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Voting Rights Act

 

Democratic legislators in both the House and Senate today announced resolutions commemorating the 50th anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act. Passed in 1965 and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Voting Rights Act was a historic piece of civil rights legislation that guaranteed all Americans – regardless of race – the constitutional right to vote without unfair barriers. The honorary resolutions will be introduced by Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) in the House and Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) in the Senate. 

Rep. Clyde released the following statement regarding the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: 

“Guaranteeing an equal right to vote is essential for a healthy democracy,” said Rep. Clyde. “This historic piece of legislation was sorely needed in 1965 to protect racial minorities from disenfranchisement, and unfortunately, recent attacks on voting access have proven that it is still very relevant today.” 

 
 

07.29.15 - Rep. Clyde's Statement In Support Of Planned Parenthood

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement today in response to recent attacks and grandstanding by GOP officials in Ohio against women and their healthcare providers:

“The current attacks on Planned Parenthood only serve to hurt and endanger more women and their doctors. Undermining high quality healthcare providers is dangerous and irresponsible."

 
 

07.24.15 - Rep. Clyde Announces Upcoming Sales Tax Holiday For Back-to-school Supplies

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced an upcoming sales tax holiday for back-to-school shopping during the weekend of Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9. 

 
 

07.20.15 - Rep. Clyde Announces Continued State Funding For NEOMED's REDIzone

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced $72,719 in state funding for the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) REDIzone program, including investments in new state-of-the-art research technologies as well as research lab and office upgrades.

 

 
 

06.30.15 - Clyde Responds To Sale Of State Prison Properties In HB 238

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement in response to the passage of House Bill 238, which will allow the state to sell the North Central Correctional Institution and Turtle Creek Center.

“I oppose the sale of the North Central Correctional Institution and the Turtle Creek Center because privatizing state prisons is the wrong direction for Ohio.

“The state recently sold the Lake Erie Correctional Institution, and the results have been disastrous. Since this sale 18 months ago, there have been 248 security complaints, compared to 157 such complaints in the eleven years prior.  Also, after the sale, the facility immediately added 300 more beds, and has suffered serious overcrowding problems and hazardous conditions for inmates and workers.   

“Private prison management companies have bad track records in Ohio. For example, Corrections Corporation of America was fined $500,000 by the state because of a 300 percent increase in prisoner-on-staff assaults and a 187.5 percent increase in prisoner-on-prisoner assaults. The financial records for these private companies are not transparent, and we still aren’t sure if money is being saved or how these many problems are being addressed.

“These last-minute additions to House Bill 238 have not been vetted.  The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections did not provide testimony to the legislative committees hearing this proposal.  A lot of questions and concerns remain, and the governor should veto this rush authorization of sale.”

 
 

06.29.15 - Clyde Applauds SCOTUS Ruling On Redistricting Commissions

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. The ruling leaves no doubt that Ohio could take a similar approach and assign the drawing of congressional districts to a new redistricting commission like the one slated for November’s ballot to reform state district drawing. Clyde issued the following statement in response to the ruling:

“Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court gives me hope that Ohio can reform the way we draw not only state legislative districts but congressional districts as well. Ohio voters deserve fair representation in the statehouse and in Washington.

“While my resolution, HJR 2, did not receive the consideration needed to be ready to put before voters this fall, I will continue to work to advance the cause of redistricting reform. We must eliminate gerrymandering in the Ohio statehouse and our U.S. Congress. Until these districts are redrawn, Ohioans will not enjoy their full democratic right to fair representation.”

 
 

06.26.15 - Rep. Clyde Votes Against Budget That Prioritizes The Rich And Leaves Middle-class Families Behind

 

The Ohio House of Representatives voted this afternoon to approve the state’s two year operating budget, Substitute House Bill 64. Following the vote, State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement:

“Yet again, the ultra-conservative majority in the Ohio legislature has delivered a partisan budget that weakens middle-class families, prioritizes our state’s wealthiest individuals and attacks women’s health care.This budget cut 16 million dollars from local communities and increased taxes on working class Ohioans. I voted against House Bill 64 because it does not protect the best interest of everyday Ohioans, but instead continues to push our state in the wrong direction.” 

 
 

06.17.15 - Rep. Clyde Urges Secretary Husted To Switch On Online Voter Registration

 

Senate Bill 63, which codifies the state’s online voter registration system already in place, was scheduled for a vote committee today in the Senate, before last minute changes ensured the bill would not be voted on today. This delay virtually guarantees that passage of legislation to codify online voter registration in Ohio will not happen before the 2015 general election.

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement today in response to the delays in accepting new online voter registrations:

“Ohio’s online registration system is already built and in place, but it only accepts registration updates, not new registrations. Treating new voter registrations differently than voter registration updates is not authorized in Ohio law. We have only one set of requirements for both new registrations and registration updates. I have been urging Secretary Husted to switch on full online voter registration-- which he is permitted to do --for the past 18 months. With the legislature moving at such a slow pace, I again urge him to stop pretending there is any barrier to allowing online voter registration for all Ohioans.

Online registration would undoubtedly encourage more people to register for the first time and participate in elections. I urge Secretary Husted to switch on full online voter registration as soon as possible so that any difficulties with the larger influx of users may be worked out well in advance of the next major election. The many benefits of switching on full online voter registration will include immediate cost savings to our counties and easier access to the ballot box.”

In the last 18 months, the number of states, including the District of Columbia, that allow or have passed online voter registration has risen to 29. Ohio’s system is already in place, making it possible the state could be the 30th to adopt this important practice.

 
 

06.10.15 - Rep. Clyde Urges Secretary Husted To Switch On Full Online Voter Registration

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) sent a letter today to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted urging him to implement online voter registration without further delay and to support House Bill 181 to provide automatic voter registration for any Ohioan who wants it.  

 
 

06.08.15 - Rep. Clyde Announces Funds For Internships And Co-ops At Kent State

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced today that the state has approved $300,000 for higher education institutions in Northeast Ohiofor the administration and development of the Choose Ohio First Co-op and Internship Program through Kent State University.

“Real-world experience is critical for new Ohio graduates,” Rep. Clyde said. “I look forward to even more opportunities for Kent State students to improve their skills and making meaningful connections with Ohio employers through the Choose Ohio First Program.”

 
 

06.05.15 - Clyde Introduces Legislation To Send Absentee Ballot Applications To All Voters

 

Today State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) introduced legislation that will require absentee ballot applications to be sent to all Ohio voters whenever such a mass mailing is ordered by the Secretary of State. 

In the 2014 election cycle, 1.1 million registered voters were left out of the mass mailing of ballot applications by the Secretary of State. A similar number were excluded in 2012. Plaintiffs in the recently filed litigation, Ohio Organizing Collaborative v. Husted, allege that the exclusionary practice violates the First, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution as well as the Voting Rights Act. 

“By requiring absentee ballot applications to be sent to all registered voters, this bill will make voting fairer and more accessible for all Ohioans,” says Rep. Clyde. “Secretary Husted should not be excluding over one million voters from this important voter outreach measure. It’s not fair, it’s not right and it’s not legal. It is also a huge waste of taxpayer dollars to keep having to defend such illegal practices in court.” 

 
 

05.27.15 - Clyde: Fifth Annual Women's Lobby Day Empowers Women To Engage Decision Makers

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus (OHDWC) today convened with women from across the state to discuss and lobby for policy
solutions to challenges Ohio women face.

 
 

05.18.15 - Rep. Clyde Announces Funding For REDIzone Program, Infrastructure Improvements At Northeast Ohio Medical University

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced over $356,000 in state funds for investments in research technology and infrastructure improvements at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

 
 

05.15.15 - Clyde Applauds Lawsuit Challenging String Of Ohio Voting Restrictions

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today released the statement below in support of a new lawsuit against Ohio voting restrictions. Rep. Clyde vigorously and vocally opposed the restrictions when they were enacted during the last General Assembly.  

"I fully support this challenge to the GOP voting restrictions that my colleagues and I vigorously opposed when they were passed during the last two years. We warned Republicans that Senate Bill 238’s cuts to early voting would create unequal early voting capacity among counties. We warned early voting restrictions would disproportionately harm certain groups of voters such as women, minorities, and low-income voters. We warned that cutting same day registration was unnecessary to solve any problem in Ohio and would hurt first-time voters, like students.

 
 

05.08.15 - Clyde Announces House Bill 181, The Registration Modernization Act

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the formal introduction of House Bill 181, the Registration Modernization Act, which will modernize voter registration in Ohio and potentially add over 1 million people to the voting rolls. The bill was referred to the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee of which Rep. Clyde is the ranking minority member.

“I am proud to offer HB 181, the Registration Modernization Act, to make the first step to the ballot box much easier for all Ohioans,” said Rep. Clyde. “There is a wide gap between the haves and have-nots in this country and voting access should not fall into that gap. We can move toward greater equality and a healthier democracy by welcoming and empowering every Ohioan to vote.”

The Registration Modernization Act will do the following:

-          Automatically register to vote all Ohioans with a drivers’ license or state ID.

-          Automatically register to vote all Ohioans who interact with Jobs and Family Services offices and other agencies designated by the federal Motor Voter law.

-          Automatically register to vote all graduating Ohio high school students who are eligible to vote.

-          Allow every person 21 days to opt out of voter registration in person or by mail.

-          Provide online voter registration for all eligible Ohioans, not just those with a photo ID.

-          Potentially add over 1 million eligible Ohioans to the voting rolls and update thousands more.

-          Fix Ohio’s long-standing failure to comply with the federal Motor Voter law.

The bill is modeled on voter registration modernizing provisions passed by the House six years ago in House Bill 260 as well as the recent Automatic Registration legislation adopted by the state of Oregon.

Sen. Kenny Yuko has introduced a companion bill, SB 158, in the Senate. 

 
 

04.24.15 - Clyde And Yuko To Introduce Registration Modernization Act

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Senator Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) will soon introduce legislation to modernize voter registration in Ohio and potentially add over 1 million people to the voting rolls. Ohio continues to struggle to implement federal Motor Voter laws.  This bill will fix those problems and automate voter registration for graduating high school students as well.

 
 

04.01.15 - Rep. Clyde's Statement On Governor's Line Item Veto Of Harmful Voting Provision

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement in response to Governor Kasich’s line item veto of the harmful voting provision in the transportation budget:

 
 

03.24.15 - Clyde Responds To Secretary Husted's Comments On Student Voting Issue

 

State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement in response to Secretary of State Jon Husted’s comments on the attack on student voting rights:

“Secretary Husted today described voting in Ohio as a "privilege" and described Democratic legislative concerns about the voting rights attached in the transportation budget as "hysteria" and "hysterics". He wrongly claimed the Senate Republicans' provision will not affect voting by students in Ohio when, in reality, it will cause students who register and vote in Ohio to pay $75 or more to get new documents from the BMV or be fined $150 to $1000 and face jail time.

“I believe Secretary Husted is mistaken about the legal implications of this provision and I am disappointed to hear him dismiss the concerns of our congressional representatives, Judge Nathaniel Jones, my colleagues and myself as "hysteria." The Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits voter intimidation such as using one's voter registration status to target, investigate, prosecute, and criminally punish them for unrelated matters. Over 100,000 students come to Ohio to further their education and this provision will surely intimidate them and cause them to not register to vote, even though it is their fundamental right to do so.”

 
 

03.24.15 - Rep. Clyde, League Of Women Voters Join Student Leader To Denounce Attack On Voting Rights In Transportation Budget

 

Today State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D–Kent) and Democratic lawmakers stood with the League of Women Voters and an Ohio State student leader to denounce an attack on student voting rights included in the Senate’s version of the state transportation budget. 

 
 

03.23.15 - Rep. Clyde Announces Funds For Ravenna Road Improvement

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced today that the state has approved $50,000 through the Roadwork Development Grant to assist the completion of public roadwork improvements in the City of Ravenna. 

 
 

03.20.15 - Rep. Clyde Blasts Senate GOP Effort To Use Transportation Budget To Disenfranchise Student Voters

 

An amendment included in the Senate’s version of the transportation budget will require anyone who registers to vote in Ohio to also surrender their driver’s license if it’s from another state, obtain an Ohio driver’s license and register their vehicle here if they have one. The amendment appears to be aimed at the tens of thousands of out-of-state students who come to Ohio each fall and exercise their constitutional right to register and vote here. 

 
 

03.12.15 - Rep. Clyde's Statement In Response To Secretary Husted's Press Conference

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today released the following statement in response to Secretary Husted’s press conference:  

 
 

03.12.15 - Reps. Clyde And Curtin Seek To Bring Congressional Redistricting Reform Before The OCMC

 

State Representatives Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Mike Curtin (D-Marble Cliff) are seeking to present their congressional redistricting reform proposal, HJR 2, to members of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission. Yesterday, they sent the following letter to the Chairman and Vice Chairwoman of the Legislative and Executive Branch Committee:

 
 

02.26.15 - Reps. Clyde And Curtin Introduce Congressional Redistricting Reform

 

State Representatives Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Mike Curtin (D-Marble Cliff) today introduced a congressional redistricting reform proposal to put before voters. 

 
 

02.18.15 - Rep. Clyde Says Public Health Cuts Jeopardize Strength Of Ohio Families, Safety Of Mothers And Infants

 

Tuesday, State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent), with House Democratic lawmakers and healthcare advocates, discussed policies in the state budget that would limit pregnancy care, family planning and breast and cervical cancer treatment for lower income Ohioans. The changes in healthcare coverage are being proposed as Ohio ranks second highest in the nation for infant mortality. 

 
 

01.21.15 - Clyde To Serve On Ohio House Legislative Panels

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the committees on which she will serve to help shape and refine public policy.

 
 

01.08.15 - Rep. Clyde's Statement On Rejected Ballot Numbers From 2014 Election

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today released the following statement in response to rejected ballot numbers revealed today by Secretary Husted:  

 
 

10.30.14 - Rep. Clyde Previews 5 Problems To Watch For In Election 2014

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today released a list of the top 5 problems to watch for in the upcoming 2014 general election.  After several bills were passed creating new reasons to reject ballots, Ohioans can expect to see their voting rights threatened at the ballot box, often over insignificant errors that they do not even realize cause their ballots to be thrown out. See the list below and here:

 
 

10.27.14 - Rep. Clyde Demands To Know Who Was Excluded From Absentee Voter Mailing

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted asking him to provide her with the list of registered Ohio voters who were not sent an absentee ballot application. The Secretary excluded over 1 million registered voters from his absentee ballot application mailing, despite repeated claims that he mailed to every registered voter.  

 
 

10.20.14 - Rep. Clyde Announces State Funds For Camp Ravenna Facility Upgrades

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced today that the state has approved the release of capital funds to the Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center. The $1.1 million appropriation will be used to replace the roofs of three buildings on the campus. 

 
 

10.16.14 - Rep. Clyde Urges Secretary Of State To Send Absentee Ballot Application To All Ohio Voters

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted urging him to send an absentee ballot application to all Ohio voters. The Secretary has excluded over 1 million registered voters from his absentee ballot application mass mailing.  

 
 

10.06.14 - Rep. Clyde Announces State Funds For NEOMED Facility Upgrade

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced today that the state has approved the release of capital funds to the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). $792,000 will be used to contract with Weatherproofing Technologies, Inc. of Beechwood for a complete replacement of the roof of the university’s Comparative Medical Unit.

“NEOMED’s recent 40th anniversary celebration has brought great change to the campus, with new buildings going up and existing facilities undergoing upgrades,” said Rep. Clyde. “I am impressed that the expansion of the university has been undertaken with careful consideration for the preservation of the university’s existing assets, such as the Comparative Medical Unit.”

The Comparative Medical Unit supports the research and teaching programs of the university. The facility’s 23,000-square-foot roof was installed in 1975 and has begun leaking due to age. The roof will require a total replacement.

NEOMED is an internationally recognized research and teaching institution training health professionals and medical researchers. The university is transforming its 450,000-square-foot campus to accommodate growing class sizes and enhance research facilities.

Rep. Clyde represents the 75th Ohio House District, serving Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, and Central and Southern Portage County.

 
 

09.29.14 - Rep. Clyde Disappointed In U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Cancelling Early Voting Opportunities In Ohio

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement in response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court order halting the earlier restoration of early voting in Ohio by a federal district court and a panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals:

 
 

09.24.14 - Rep. Clyde Applauds 6th Circuit Ruling Upholding Early Voting In Ohio

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today released the following statement in response to today’s 6th Circuit Court of Appeals order affirming the restoration of early voting access in Ohio by the district court. The Court affirmed that Senate Bill 238 and Secretary Husted’s actions were unconstitutional and violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and that restoring the first week of early voting, evening hours and an additional Sunday of voting was a proper remedy.   

 
 

09.18.14 - Sen. Turner & Rep. Clyde Introduce Bill To Protect Domestic Violence Survivors

 

State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) and State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent), along with Executive Director of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network Nancy Neylon, announced today the introduction of legislation to help protect survivors of domestic violence in the state. The Address Confidentiality Program would establish safeguards to protect victims’ personal information from being accessed by abusers.

 
 

09.08.14 - Rep. Clyde Announces Funds For NEOMED Research Equipment

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced Monday that the state has approved the release of capital funds to the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). $14,646 will be used to purchase a fluorescence detector for the university's newly constructed Research and Graduate Education Building.

 
 

09.04.14 - Rep. Clyde Applauds Order In ACLU, NAACP And LWVO Suit To Restore Early Voting In ORep. Clyde Disappointed Sec. Husted Will Appeal To Keep Discriminatory Voting Restrictions

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today released the following statement in response to learning that Secretary of State Jon Husted will appeal today’s federal district court order restoring early voting access in Ohio. The court held that SB 238 and Secretary Husted’s actions were unconstitutional and violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. It ordered the restoration of the first week of early voting, evening hours and an additional Sunday of voting and permits county boards to expand early voting further if they so choose.   

 
 

09.02.14 - Rep. Clyde Issues Statement On GOP's Latest Voter Exclusion Tactics

 

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement on two recent voter exclusion efforts by GOP House members and Sec. of State Husted. GOP House members seek to force a strict photo voter ID bill through the House, and Sec. Husted is excluding hundreds of thousands of voters from a mass mailing of absentee ballot applications that encourage voting:

 

 
 

08.25.14 - Rep. Kathleen Clyde Announces Funds For Library Depository At NEOMED

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced today that the state has approved the release of capital funds to the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). $61,501 will be used to upgrade equipment at the Northeast Regional Library Depository on NEOMED’s Rootstown campus. 

 
 

07.28.14 - Rep. Clyde Announces $130,000 In Third Frontier Funds For Portage County

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced that the state has released $130,000 in Third Frontier funding to two Portage County organizations. Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and Flexible ITO Solutions, Inc. will receive funding for Technology Validation and Start-Up Fund projects.

 
 

07.22.14 - Democratic Lawmakers Introduce "Not My Boss's Business" Act

 

Tuesday, State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) held a press conference announcing legislation to address the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. In that decision, the Court ruled that some corporations cannot be required to provide insurance coverage for contraception methods that would violate the religious beliefs of company owners. The development was widely panned as a setback to the personal liberty of hard-working American women.

 
 

07.02.14 - Rep. Clyde's Statement On The 50th Anniversary Of The Civil Rights Act

 

State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964, following years of contentious debates, filibustering and dissent among legislators and the public alike. The law outlaws discrimination based on race, religion sex, or national origin, and ended segregation in schools, the workplace and public accommodations. 

 
 

07.01.14 - Rep. Clyde: Tax Hikes, Funding Cuts From Last Year's Budget Taking Hold

 

Today, State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) marked the one-year anniversary of the signing into law of the largest General Revenue Fund budget in state history. Gov. Kasich signed the budget bill on June 30, 2013. At the time, House Democrats stood in opposition to the budget, saying the toxic mix of tax hikes on working and middle class Ohioans and funding cuts to schools and communities would not create the economic opportunity Kasich and his Republican colleagues promised. 

 
 

06.17.14 - Rep. Clyde Welcomes Restoration Of Last Three Days Of Early Voting

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement on Secretary of State Husted’s court-ordered directive restoring the last three days of early voting. Secretary Husted was ordered to set hours for the final three days of voting in all counties and reverse the illegal cuts he made back in February of this year:

 
 

06.13.14 - Rep. Clyde Introduces Doctor-Patient Relationship Protection Act

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent), accompanied by Dr. Grant Morrow and patient advocate Samantha Rhodes, Thursday announced the introduction of the Doctor-Patient Relationship Protection Act, which puts the emphasis in Ohio back on patient safety and protects doctors from having to choose between following the law and abiding by the ethical standards of their profession. 

 
 

06.11.14 - Rep. Clyde Applauds Decision Restoring Last Three Days Of Early Voting

 

State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement on the U.S. district court decision permanently restoring the last three days of early voting. Secretary Husted was ordered to set hours for the final three days of voting in all counties and reverse the illegal cuts he made back in February of this year:

 
 

06.03.14 - Rep. Clyde's "Bring Back Our Girls" Resolution Adopted By Ohio House With Unanimous Vote

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) on Tuesday announced the unanimous adoption of House Resolution 439, co-sponsored by Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville). The resolution supports the efforts of the United States government to aid in the safe return of nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian school girls. The resolution was adopted without opposition by the House by a vote of 92 to 0.

 
 

05.29.14 - Rep. Clyde: Stopping Energy Standards Costs Ohio's Economy, Consumers And Environment

 

On Wednesday, State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) voted against Senate Bill 310, legislation to suspend Ohio’s clean energy standards. These standards, passed by the legislature in 2008 with wide bipartisan support, have created thousands of jobs and saved $1.03 billion for Ohio consumers and businesses.

 
 

05.27.14 - Rep. Clyde Comments On SOS Husted's Latest Voter Purge Directive

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) learned Wednseday that Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted issued a directive ordering Boards of Elections to target voters who have not voted since March 2012 for eventual purging. Rep. Clyde released the following statement in response:

“Just last week, we asked Secretary Husted not to purge voters simply because they vote less frequently than other voters.  Our requests have once again been ignored as today’s directive does just that. 

“Once again, the Secretary is ignoring the Ohio law that he passed as Speaker that requires a directive to go through a public comment period before it is issued to the Boards of Elections as a mandate.  And, he is violating federal law which says your registration shall not be purged simply for not voting.

“Secretary of State Husted should rescind this vote suppressing directive immediately, issue a new draft directive for public comment, and then release a fully vetted and lawful directive to the boards of elections.”

The federal Motor Voter law explicitly prohibits purging voters just for not voting.  Voter registration records maintenance involves sending mailings to voters who may have filled out a change of address form at the Post Office.  The other acceptable way under federal and state law to contact voters and confirm their address is by mailing a uniform and nondiscriminatory notice to all other voters.  Instead, Secretary Husted is targeting only the voters who have not voted since the 2012 presidential primary election.  

 
 

05.16.14 - Democrats Call On Secretary Of State Husted To Put Voters First & Make Voting Easier In Ohio

 

Ohio House and Senate Democrats on Thursday sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted urging him to implement a checklist of positive suggestions for putting the voters first and truly making it easier to vote in Ohio. Highlights include suggestions to restore early voting, let voters search the Secretary’s website by their home address for their polling place, allow all Ohioans to use online voter registration and comply with Ohio’s laws for voter instructions and public comment on directives.

 
 

05.15.14 - Rep. Clyde: Severance Tax Plan Just Another Tax Shift

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) on Wednesday voted against House Bill 375, legislation that increases the tax rate on oil and gas drilling to largely pay for an income tax cut in Ohio. 

 
 

05.01.14 - Rep. Clyde Applauds ACLU, NAACP, LWVO For Bringing Suit To Restore Early Voting In Ohio

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) on Thursday released the statement below in response to the filing by the ACLU of a new lawsuit to restore early voting access in Ohio. The lawsuit challenges Senate Bill 238's elimination of Golden Week and Directive 2014-06's elimination of evening voting and the final 2 and 1/2 days of early voting.  

 
 

04.17.14 - State Rep. Kathleen Clyde To Host Town Hall Meeting In Deerfield

 

State Representative Kathleen Clyde will host a town hall discussion at the Deerfield Township Hall on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Rep. Clyde will give an update on important state issues and her work in Central and Southern Portage County. She will also spend time listening to citizens’ ideas, concerns and feedback.

 
 

04.04.14 - Rep. Kathleen Clyde Announces State Funds For Sheriff's Marine Patrol Unit

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced on Thursday that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will award an $18,000 grant to the Portage County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol Unit. The money awarded will be used for law enforcement on waterways throughout the county. 

 
 

03.31.14 - Rep. Clyde Remembers SB 5, Remains Vigilant Of Policies That Hurt Working Ohioans

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) reflected on the GOP-led passage of Senate Bill 5 today, marking the three year anniversary of Gov. Kasich signing the bill into law. The law ended the rights of Ohio employees-- educators, firefighters, police officers, prison guards, school employees, healthcare professionals and others—to collectively bargain for fair wages and safe work conditions. Ultimately, SB 5 was overwhelmingly overturned by a citizen-led repeal

 
 

03.03.14 - Rep. Kathleen Clyde: Ohioans Want Their Vote To Count

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) recently condemned the Ohio GOP’s partisan elections agenda, including  the passage of Senate Bill 216, which makes counting provisional ballots more difficult.

 
 

02.28.14 - Rep. Clyde Applauds Recommendations By Bipartisan Presidential Commission

 

The top Democratic and Republican election lawyers in the country, Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsburg, came to Ohio on Friday to explain the recommendations they developed as co-chairs of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) made the following statement about the event:

 
 

02.28.14 - State Rep. Kathleen Clyde To Host "Statehouse Update" Town Hall Meeting

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde will host a town hall discussion at the Streetsboro City Hall on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Rep. Clyde will give an update on important state issues and her work in central and southern Portage County. She will also spend time listening to citizens’ ideas, concerns and feedback.

 
 

02.26.14 - Rep. Clyde: Husted Skirts Law With Additional Cuts To Early Voting

 

State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement on Secretary of State Jon Husted’s directive cutting in-person early voting hours and eliminating evening and Sunday voting for all 88 Ohio counties:

 
 

02.21.14 - Rep. Kathleen Clyde Protests GOP Voter Suppression Bills

 

Today, State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) submitted a protest criticizing the Ohio House GOP’s decision to silence debate, refusal to consider bipartisan input and swift passage of Amended Senate Bill 238 during House session on Wednesday. Included in the memo is Rep. Clyde’s planned speech in opposition to the bill.

 
 

02.07.14 - Rep. Clyde Encourages Local College Seniors & Graduates To Apply For Statehouse Fellowship

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced that the Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC) is now accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative Fellowship Program. LSC will hire twenty-plus fellows to work in the Ohio legislature or with the Ohio Channel.

 
 

12.19.13 - Rep. Clyde: State Should Address Real Election Problems, Rare So-called Voter Fraud A Distraction

 

Once again, Secretary Husted has revealed how rare of a problem so-called voter fraud is in Ohio compared with the real problems in our elections. Thirteen months after the November 2012 election, the Secretary is focused on 0.0003% of the 5.63 million votes cast. In that same election, over 47,000 voters had their ballots thrown out and over 3 million Ohioans did not participate in their election at all. When will the Secretary hold a press conference on this much larger number of voters and the real problems in Ohio elections?

The Secretary of State already has approval under Ohio law to implement full online voter registration. The website is already built and he should switch it on. He does not need additional legislative action. Online voter registration would simplify the process for voters and election officials to register and to verify registrations with fewer errors and with huge cost savings. 

There are already mechanisms in the law to prevent non-citizens from voting and to punish illegal voting.  These laws should continue to be enforced and illegal voting should not be tolerated.

 
 

12.13.13 - Rep. Clyde Urges Secretary Husted To Implement Online Voter Registration Without Legislature

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) sent a letter on Thursday to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted urging him to implement online voter registration without further delay. Ohio’s online registration system is already built and in place, but it only accepts registration updates not new registrations. Treating new voter registrations differently than voter registration updates is not authorized in Ohio law, which contains only one set of requirements for both new registrations and registration updates.  

 
 

11.15.13 - Reps. Clyde, Curtin Call For End To Hyper-Partisan Voter ID Policies

 

In a press conference on Thursday, State Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Mike Curtin (D- Marble Cliff) called for an end to the hyper-partisan voter ID proposals circulating in the Ohio General Assembly.

 
 

10.31.13 - Rep. Clyde & Democrats Call For Early Voting Through The Monday Before Election Day

 

State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) and State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) along with their Democratic colleagues on Wednesday called on Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to order county boards of elections to open their doors to early voters through the Monday before the upcoming election. Counties across the state are currently scheduled to end early voting on different days for some or all voters in violation of the law.   

 
 

10.25.13 - Rep. Clyde Opposes Cuts To Early Voting Advocated By SOS Husted

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D- Kent) responded to Secretary of State Jon Husted’s suggestion that the legislature again try to make drastic cuts to early voting with the following statement: 

 
 

10.22.13 - Rep. Clyde Receives OSU Law School's Outstanding Recent Alumna Award

 

State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) recently received the 2013 Outstanding Recent Alumna Award from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Alumni Society. The annual award is presented to one individual who “has graduated in the last 10 years and whose accomplishments exemplify outstanding professionalism or loyalty to the Moritz community.” 

 
 

10.16.13 - Rep. Clyde Hosts "The National Voter Registration Act In The Buckeye State: What Ohio Is Doing Wrong"

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) hosted national and Ohio election experts on Tuesday for a discussion of “The National Voter Registration Act in the Buckeye State: What Ohio is Doing Wrong.” The discussion highlighted multiple problems in Ohio’s compliance with the NVRA.

 
 

10.10.13 - Rep. Clyde Applauds Legal Challenge To Attacks On Women's Health

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement on the Preterm Cleveland, Inc. v. Kasichlawsuit, which challenges three of the attacks on women’s health care in Governor Kasich’s budget.  

 
 

09.25.13 - House Democrats Push To Restore Common-sense Healthcare Policies For Women

 

On Tuesday, Representatives Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and John Patrick Carney (D-Columbus) revealed findings of the women’s heath informal hearing held on Sept. 18 and further exposed the attacks on women’s healthcare in Gov. Kasich’s budget with Stephanie Kight, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Ohio. Reps. Clyde and Carney announced that they will introduce legislation to repeal the controversial and dangerous attacks on women in the state budget. The lawmakers also denounced House Republicans for attempting to suppress all discussion about Ohio women’s health.

In addition to unilaterally preventing Ohio Government Television from broadcasting last week’s event, House Republicans refused Democratic requests to use Statehouse facilities today.

“We’re focused on moving healthcare for Ohio women forward, and I think that the GOP attempts to silence us underscore their contempt for a broader discussion about their dangerous decrees for Ohio women,” said Rep. Clyde. “Hiding these harmful provisions in the state budget at the 11th hour, in the dark of night and with no public input is demeaning and degrading to the dignity of Ohio women. But, trying to limit publicly elected officials from speaking out against bad public policy has no place in our representative democracy. Freedom and liberty are fundamental to the health of our nation and to Ohio’s women.”

 
 

06.06.13 - Dems Document Thousands Of Cases Of Voter Suppression Missed By Secretary Husted

 

State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) and State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released a report documenting thousands of instances of voter suppression – discouraging people from voting, denying voters their ballots, and throwing out votes – that took place during the 2012 general election.  Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted in January instructed county election officials to investigate voter suppression and voter fraud and report it to him.  The Secretary recently released a report of his findings stating that no voter suppression took place.  

 
 

04.17.13 - State Rep. Kathleen Clyde To Host "Higher Education, College Affordability & Ohio's Budget" Town Hall Meeting

 

KENT, Ohio—State Representative Kathleen Clyde will host a town hall discussion at Kent State University’s Student Center on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Rep. Clyde will give an update about Ohio’s budget, focusing on the budget for higher education. The higher education budget addresses funding and policy decisions relating to Ohio’s 14 public universities, as well as efforts to make education affordable for all Ohio college students and families.