At a press conference held outside the Ohio Supreme Court, representing Secretary of State Jon Husted's recent court defeats, Voters First gave Mr. Husted's job performance an F.
Tasha Jones, a mother of four who works two jobs, spoke about the importance of weekend voting. "In 2008, I went to church on the Sunday before Election Day and then joined my fellow parishioners as we went to vote. That was one of the proudest and most gratifying days of my life," said Ms. Jones, "Secretary of State Jon Husted is trying to take us back to 2004 when his mentor J. Kenneth Blackwell was in charge, and we were denied weekend voting rights."
Deidra Reese, coordinator of the Ohio Unity Coalition, revealed a poster-sized "Report Card" for Secretary of State Jon Husted, going through a list of issues on which Voters First gave Mr. Husted an F. The list included Mr. Husted's recent court losses in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus, where judges over-ruled him on issues including provisional balloting, weekend voting, wrongful termination, and misleading voters with slanted ballot language. Click Here to see the report card.
"Understand one thing. Secretary of State Husted's job is to run smooth and fair elections. Today, Secretary of State Jon Husted is getting his job performance report card. And I think we need a parent conference and an intervention right now," Ms. Reese said. "Voters First and the Ohio Unity Coalition, like millions of voters in this state, have had enough. We're going to vote YES on Issue 2 to put citizens in charge and send a message to Husted and any other politician who wants to try to trample on our voting rights."