Rep. Clyde Criticizes Latest Attempt to Thwart Referendum

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde raised concerns over Secretary of State Husted’s directive to prohibit county boards of elections from mailing out absentee ballot request forms to all registered voters.

 “This is yet another overreach that has become common practice of the Ohio Republican leadership.  Secretary Husted’s directive is a blatant attack on the citizens’ right of referendum clearly outlined by the Ohio constitution.  Secretary Husted supported an ill-conceived elections law that passed without any bipartisan support and is now trying to rescue some of its provisions from a referendum effort by concerned citizens around the state.” 

House Bill 194 would drastically change Ohio’s elections laws and included a prohibition on mailing absentee ballot applications to all registered voters, a practice used in large counties to cut down on Election Day costs. A petition drive is underway to place HB 194 on the Nov. 2012 ballot as a referendum. This would halt the implementation of the bill until the voters decide. Secretary Husted’s directive is an attempt to skirt this possible referendum. 

 “This repeated claim of needing policies that create uniformity is disingenuous.  These policies will actually create huge disparities on Election Day.  We shouldn’t require counties with over one million people to use the same practices as counties with only 13,000 people.  We don’t require Cuyahoga County with more than 1,000 precincts to limit itself to just 20 precincts because that’s what Vinton County has,” Rep. Clyde said. “I am very disappointed in Secretary Husted’s decision that will hurt Ohio voters.”

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