Rep. Clyde Applauds Recommendations By Bipartisan Presidential Commission
Urges Ohio GOP to heed recommendations and reverse restrictive voting measures
February 28, 2014
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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:

"It's an honor that the Presidential Commission on Election Administration co-chairs came to Ohio to explain recommendations that Ohio badly needs to adopt. Unfortunately, the GOP has already moved ahead with bills and actions that make it harder to vote and go directly against the bipartisan recommendations of the Commission. 

“The Commission recommended reducing waiting times for voting but the Ohio GOP legislature enacted voting restrictions that will cause voters to wait longer to vote. 

“The Commission recommended expanding online registration, but the Ohio GOP refuses to legislate in the area of online registration. Further, GOP Secretary of State Husted already has authorization in the law to make online registration available to all, but he refuses to switch it on for all Ohioans. The online registration system is already built and in use, but Husted only permits those who are already registered to use it for address updates only. 

“The Commission recommended expanding early voting. Both the GOP legislature and the Secretary of State have instead acted to shrink early voting despite its discriminatory impact on women, elderly, student and minority voters. For example, in Cuyahoga County in 2012, minority voters were twenty times more likely to use early voting than white voters.

“It is my hope that the Ohio GOP will continue to face local and national pressure to reverse course in their efforts to make voting harder and instead expand voting in Ohio." 

The GOP legislature and Governor cut a week from the start of early voting with the passage and signing of SB 238 and Secretary Husted eliminated the last two days of early voting as well as all evening hours.  

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