Rep. Clyde Named Legislator Of The Year By Ohio's Election Officials
Award honors state legislators who promote better elections in Ohio
January 13, 2017
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State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) was named Legislator of the Year for 2016 by the Ohio Association of Election Officials (OAEO) at their annual conference Thursday in Columbus. The OAEO Legislator of the Year Award honors state legislators who have helped promote better elections in Ohio.

“I am truly honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Rep. Clyde. “We’ve worked to promote better elections by expanding access and making voting easier for all Ohioans. That means pursuing an election system where every eligible voter can easily register, stay on the rolls, cast a ballot and have that vote count. I’ll continue to work until that ideal becomes reality in Ohio.”

Rep. Clyde led the challenge last year of Secretary Husted’s aggressive voter purge which saw over 2 million voters removed from the rolls since 2011, a statistic which led the nation. 1.2 million of those purged were removed for infrequent voting or moving within the state. The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Ohio’s aggressive purging late last year allowing thousands more ballots to be counted in the 2016 election.

Rep. Clyde sponsored a proposal implementing online and automatic voter registration, as well as a bill requiring an absentee ballot application be mailed to each voter in Ohio. She has also introduced legislation that would count absentee ballots with missing postmarks received on time and those with trivial and technical mistakes that would otherwise be thrown out.

Rep. Clyde currently serves as Ranking Member on the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee, which hears election and voting rights bills before the Ohio House.  

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