Clyde Applauds Victory For Voters In NEOCH Lawsuit
Laments costly appeals of recent court decisions
June 08, 2016
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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.

“It's disappointing that we have a secretary of state who insults federal judges and wastes millions of taxpayer dollars in failed attempts to restrict voting. State records show the secretary has spent over $1.5 million on outsourced legal services since 2011 (see attached). That doesn't include the costs of full time state attorneys at the AG's office who must defend him in these suits. Nor does it include the costs of the four currently ongoing lawsuits that are likely to be paid for by taxpayers.”

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 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 most recent action challenged new infringements on the rights protected by the consent decree. 

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