State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today released the following statement in response to Secretary Husted’s press conference:  

“The real problems in Ohio elections are very low turnout and that we throw out tens of thousands of Ohioans’ ballots. While Secretary Husted focuses on a few dozen non-citizens on the rolls, thousands of ballots cast by actual citizens are being thrown out. This failure to count everyone’s vote destroys the integrity of our elections.

“The rejection rate for absentee ballots in 2014 was nearly double the rate in 2012. Over 10,000 early voters’ ballots were thrown out. This is exactly what we said would happen as a result of new restrictions on counting ballots put in place by SB 205 during the 130th General Assembly. In addition, over 1,200 voters’ provisional ballots were thrown out because they allegedly voted in the wrong polling location. Has any investigation been done into why these voters were not sent to the correct location by poll workers?

“I would like to see the Secretary of State focus on the real problems in our elections instead of playing to his base with these distractions. Ohioans deserve answers on why their votes are being thrown out.”


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