Rep. Clyde Issues Statement On GOP's Latest Voter Exclusion Tactics
Urges House members to drop their effort to impose strict photo voter ID and urges Secretary Husted to include all Ohio voters in absentee application mailing
September 02, 2014
 
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COLUMBUS – State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement on two recent voter exclusion efforts by GOP House members and Sec. of State Husted. GOP House members seek to force a strict photo voter ID bill through the House, and Sec. Husted is excluding hundreds of thousands of voters from a mass mailing of absentee ballot applications that encourage voting:


“This effort to push strict photo voter ID on Ohioans is a transparent attempt to suppress the votes of poor voters, women voters, senior voters, student voters and minority voters. Up to twenty percent of current Ohio voters do not have such an ID.  Furthermore, the proposed voting restriction will cost taxpayers as much as $43 million over four years – all to solve a ‘problem’ that does not exist. Republicans like to say that strict photo voter ID is popular, but when voters learn what it really is, they do not approve of this voter suppression tactic.[1] 


“In addition to this effort to enact strict photo voter ID, Ohio Secretary of State Husted is excluding 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 is only sending 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.”[2]


  


1 Minnesota Voter ID Amendment Defeated.  The Pioneer Press. Nov. 7, 2012.  http://www.twincities.com/ci_21946038/minnesota-voter-id-amendment-trailing-60-precincts-tallied


2 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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