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.   


“It is extremely disappointing that Ohio’s Secretary of State is going to waste tens of thousands more taxpayer dollars fighting to keep unconstitutional, discriminatory cuts to early voting. Secretary Husted wants to treat different counties with different needs the exact same way; this race to the bottom creates inequality in voting access. Meanwhile, the Secretary has excluded over a million registered Ohio voters from a mass mailing that was supposed to go to all Ohio voters.


“There are 7.7 million registered voters in Ohio but the Secretary only sent approximately 6 million of those voters an absentee ballot application inviting them to vote by mail. Up to 1.7 million voters are being excluded because the Secretary has arbitrarily decided they don’t vote frequently enough and has segregated them into an ‘Inactive’ category. It’s unfair, exclusionary and not uniform.1 The Secretary relies on the uniformity argument only when it is convenient for him, not when it would actually create equality and expand access.”


1 Press Release: Secretary of State Husted: Absentee Ballot Applications Go in the Mail Tomorrow.  Aug. 28, 2014.  http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/mediaCenter/2014/2014-08-28.aspx


 

 
 
 
  
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