COLUMBUS— State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) and House Democrats Tuesday sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose addressing recent major developments in Ohio’s elections. Ohioans watched last week as Post Office mailboxes and processing machinery were dismantled and removed in Ohio and across the country. Following national outcry over potential election interference, USPS has said they would halt additional reorganization changes until after the November election, but it is still unclear whether the reductions in service and processing will be undone.
Amid the USPS controversy, Secretary LaRose held a press conference to announce he was prohibiting all counties, no matter their size and population, from having more than one secure ballot drop box. He also said he would not require masks in polling places and recently ordered Boards of Elections to send voter purge mailings to 119,000 Ohioans just one month before the start of Early Voting.
“My Democratic colleagues and I have been working on improving access to voting both during and before the pandemic happened to Ohioans. It is unfortunate to see such a mad scramble as we get closer to Election Day. This is an example that LaRose’s failure to plan has failed Ohioans who simply want to safely exercise their right to vote on Nov. 3,” said Rep. Galonski.
The members raised their concerns with these alarming choices and demanded that Secretary LaRose do everything in his power for voters in these unprecedented times. The caucus provided him a 16-point checklist of what they would like to see from his office including:
- Multiple secure drop boxes
- Paying return postage
- Keeping all polling locations open
Online absentee ballot application