Rep. Clyde Questions Partial Fix Of Postmark Issues
Legislator praises improvement in new directive but urges stronger action
January 29, 2016
 
[ Kathleen Clyde Home | Kathleen Clyde Press ]
 
 

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.”

 
 
 
  
Featured Posts

Clyde Commemorates 53rd Anniversary Of VRA With Voting Facts For Tomorrow's Special Congressional Election

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today issued a statement commemorating the 53rd anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 and putting out information on frequently asked voting questions in advance of tomorrow’s August 7 special congressional election in central Ohio.



 
 

Clyde Statement On Court Order Reinstating Voting Rights For Purged Voters

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today issued a statement following a recent federal court order requiring Secretary Husted to issue a directive reinstating the “APRI exception.” The court-ordered directive will require purged voters’ ballots to be counted in the upcoming central Ohio congressional race that will occur next Tuesday, August 7. 



 
 

Clyde: Back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday Starts This Weekend

 

Today State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced Ohio’s back-to-school sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 3-5, a result of the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 226. The annual event helps lessen the sting of the 4.5 percent statewide sales tax hike passed by Republican lawmakers in the 2013 state budget. Since 2013, the tax hike has cost taxpayers almost $2 billion according to state data.



 
 

Rep. Clyde Denounces Pay Raises For Retirement System Executives

 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today denounced the School Employees Retirement System (SERS) of Ohio’s decision to raise salaries of its employees, including highly paid executives, by 3 percent while a three-year freeze on cost of living adjustments (COLA) for retirees is in place.