Washington, DC – Today on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted tried to lay the blame on cutting voting hours squarely at the feet of the legislature.
Husted’s egregious attempts to restrict voting rights by shortening the early vote period and cutting voting hours is exactly why the ACLU filed a lawsuit last week.
On April 9, Ohio State Auditor Dave Yost sent a letter to Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald threatening him and other County Council members for making absentee ballot applications available to all county voters. iVote President Ellen Kurz called out Husted for having Yost do his dirty work.
On March 5, the Ohio legislature voted to reduce the number of early voting days – an idea championed by Husted. He advanced a similar plan in 2012, and since becoming Ohio’s Secretary of State has launched relentless partisan efforts to deny Ohioans their right to vote in order to advance his own narrow interests.
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 Rosner Research.