Clyde Appears As Lead Witness Against Harmful Voter Restrictions
Legislator testifies in homeless advocates' voting rights suit
March 16, 2016
 
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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.”


NEOCH’s lawsuit was first filed in 2006 to protect the rights of homeless voters to register and vote in Ohio and to have that vote counted. A consent decree was put in place in 2010 to protect these rights and today’s action seeks to push back against any new infringements on the rights protected by the consent decree. 

 
 
 
  
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