Husted continues fight to restrict voting opportunities just weeks before election
CLEVELAND - Today, State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) issued the following statement in response to Secretary of State Jon Husted's decision to appeal last week's ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals allowing for ballots to be cast on the three days leading up to Election Day.
"It would not be necessary for federal courts to intervene in our state's elections were it not for Republican leaders' continued attempts to restrict the opportunities that Ohioans have to cast a ballot. If the secretary is truly concerned about setting statewide voting hours, nothing in the Sixth Circuit's ruling prohibits him from doing so during the three days before the election.
"With just four weeks to go before November 6, it is absolutely imperative that Ohioans have a clear set of ground rules for a free and fair election. This continued confusion is just as powerful a tactic to suppress the vote as any other. As the state's chief elections official, it is Secretary Husted's responsibility to ensure that all citizens have optimal access to the ballot box--not to litigate away precious voting opportunities."