Rep. Clyde Demands To Know Who Was Excluded From Absentee Voter Mailing
Secretary of State ordered the exclusion of over 1 million validly registered voters
October 27, 2014
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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.  

A copy of the letter can be seen below:

Dear Secretary Husted,

The public needs answers to these questions:

1) Why hasn’t every Ohio voter been mailed a ballot application?
2) Who is being excluded?
3) Why are they being excluded?

I write to request the list of the over 1 million registered Ohio voters that your office excluded from the mailing of absentee ballot applications.  The public deserves to know who is being left out. Your directive orders that less-frequent voters be left off the mailing list. Using limited public data from Cuyahoga County as a sample, I have calculated that inner city Cleveland precincts have the highest rates of infrequent voters in that county.  Why would voters in these inner city precincts be systematically targeted for exclusion from this absentee ballot mailing? I also know individuals who vote in most elections but did not receive a ballot application.  Why were they left off your mailing list? 

I request public records that contain the list of voters that your office left out of the mass mailing of absentee ballot applications.  Alternatively, I request the list of voters who did receive the mailing.

The list should include any voter information that is typically released about voters including but not limited to: name, address, precinct, county, party affiliation, any unique number that identifies the voter in the statewide database.  The list should include all voters who were excluded from both the August and October mailings by your office. I would like the records in electronic, machine-readable format such as a .csv or Excel file.

Legislative staff requested these lists previously, but the requests were denied. The excuse given was that the lists do not exist. I find it impossible to believe that 6.58 million ballot applications were just sent out to Ohio voters, but that no list of who received them exists.  The public needs to know which voters you have deemed unworthy of inclusion in this voter outreach measure and why.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this records request.  There are too many questions that cannot be answered if these lists are kept secret from the public.


Kathleen Clyde
State Representative

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