Rep. Clyde Questions Partial Fix Of Postmark Issues
Legislator praises improvement in new directive but urges stronger action
January 29, 2016
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State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement in response to the issuance of a new postmark directive:

“I am pleased that Secretary Husted has implemented part of my suggested fix to the postmark problem. Postage purchased at a postal counter or self-service kiosk will now serve as a postmark as will barcodes that indicate the date a ballot was mailed. This will allow more ballots to be counted.

“This is an improvement, but there will still be unequal treatment of ballots and many ballots will go uncounted if they don’t have one of those three marks. Cuyahoga County would have only been able to count about 250 more ballots with bar codes— a small number compared to those rejected. Voters should be given the benefit of the doubt if their ballot arrives at the Board of Elections with no postmark or bar code through no fault of their own. We count ballots without postmarks for overseas voters, as we should. Ohio’s statute creates an Equal Protection problem by requiring similarly situated domestic ballots to be thrown out. The Secretary of State should reveal how many ballots will still be left uncounted and how he plans to fix that problem.”

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