FitzGerald: “The new restrictions that Governor Kasich has signed into law amount to legalized discrimination, plain and simple.”
Ohio’s cuts to early voting discriminate against blacks and Hispanics in violation of the Voting Rights Act, a new lawsuit alleges.
Democratic candidate for State Auditor John Patrick Carney released the following statement on the Ohio House GOP’s voter-suppression amendment to the Mid-Biennium Review. Under the amendment, any county that mails out absentee ballots to its residents would have its local government funds cut by ten percent.
FitzGerald Campaign Press Secretary Lauren Hitt released the following statement on the repeal of the Mid-Biennium Review amendment that would have cut local government funding by 10 percent for any county that mailed absentee ballots to their residents.
Despite touting his campaign slogan of “making it harder to cheat and easier to vote,” Jon Husted’s decision to restrict early voting on weekdays from 8am to 5pm and to cut Sunday voting simply ignores the realities of everyday, hard-working Ohioans. His one-size fits all directive doesn’t make it easier for ALL Ohioans to vote, it makes it harder.
Ohio’s elected officials should be making it easier to vote, but Secretary of State’s directive does irreparable harm to the people of Ohio. One-size-fits-all solutions don’t work for our diverse state. Our largest county is 95-times the size of the smallest—our local elections officials need the flexibility to craft a system that works for their voters. At a time when 400,000 plus Ohioans are unemployed or underemployed, and we have middle class folks working two and three jobs to make ends meet, working families should not lose their voice in our government because we suddenly we want to close the polls on Sundays–the only day that some have off.