COLUMBUS—State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) offered an amendment in House Finance Committee during final deliberations of SB 64, the biennial state budget bill, Monday.  Rep. Clyde voiced concerns she and her Democratic colleagues had with language appropriating funds for mailing absentee ballots to Ohio voters:

“This builds on a good start in this Omnibus amendment today, which is to appropriate funds to send absentee ballot applications to all registered voters in Ohio…This language would ensure that all Ohio registered voters will receive an absentee ballot application as part of this mailing…not just those handpicked by the Secretary of State. Mailing applications to all shows respect for working families that struggle with busy lives and want this convenience of being able to fill out their application and their absentee ballot…”

“We must empower Ohioans by ensuring that all registered voters have access to their democracy. Mailing applications to all provides everyone in Ohio the opportunity to have their voices be heard. Leaving over a million voters out of the mailing is just not fair. Mailing applications to all will truly make it easy to vote in Ohio.”

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