Jeremy Bird Statement on Today's Federal Court Ruling Restoring Early Voting in Ohio

Chicago, IL -- Jeremy Bird, iVote board member, issued the following statement in response to today's federal court ruling that ordered an injunction against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's plan to limit early voting hours and eliminate Sunday voting:  

"Today's ruling makes it clear that Jon Husted's repeated efforts to limit access to the polls make him unqualified to be Ohio's top election official," said Jeremy Bird. "Jon Husted has waged a losing battle on voting rights and continues to be on the wrong side of history. The court handed him a defeat today, and voters will hand him a defeat in November."  

The Columbus Dispatch reported earlier today:

"Economus ruled that the GOP’s law and Husted’s directive for voting hours this fall “ unconstitutional and in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.” The state argued that Ohio already had among the most opportunities in the country for people to vote early, including Husted’s practice of mailing applications for absentee ballots to every registered voter."
A copy of Judge Economus' ruling is available here.  



iVote, a new voting rights campaign dedicated to the powerful notion that every eligible citizen should vote, recently launched an offensive against orchestrated efforts to block people from voting. iVote will target Secretary of State races in Colorado, Nevada, Iowa and Ohio, activating grassroots armies to elect Secretaries of State who will protect every American’s access to voting.

The iVote Board of Directors includes Doug Sosnik, Frank Smith, Ellen Kurz, Jeremy Bird, Michael Blake, Rachael Cobb, Ralph Paige, Wendy Smith, Pete Giangreco and Executive Director Steven Walker. iVote is being advised by 270 Strategies, AKPD, David Binder Research, and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.


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