State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today released the following statement in response to rejected ballot numbers revealed today by Secretary Husted:  

“Today’s release of Ohio’s rejected ballot numbers confirmed that our predictions were correct. Thousands of absentee and provisional ballots were rejected, many for new minor technical reasons such as birth date and address errors. Voters who were not directed to their correct polling place by the Secretary of State’s website or by poll workers had their ballots rejected. Turnout was disappointingly low. Many voters’ ballots were rejected because they were allegedly not registered, but Ohio fails to register voters in accordance with the law and also purges voters unlawfully.

“More data needs to be released to further study all the ways that Ohioans were disenfranchised. For example, some reasons for provisional ballot rejection were released but reasons for absentee ballot rejection were not released. We need transparency to see why ballots were rejected and to fix real problems. I will continue to work to ensure that Ohioans’ voting rights are protected and that new unfair restrictions are eliminated.”

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