February 19, 2014
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Following Husted’s lead, Ohio legislature moves to shorten early vote
Attack on Ohio voters shows need for iVote to flip the script on voting rights
WASHINGTON, DC – The Ohio legislature voted today to reduce the number of early voting days – an idea championed by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. Husted 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.
“As Ohio’s Secretary of State, Jon Husted is supposed to be a non-partisan administrator of his state’s voting process,” said iVote Executive Director Steven Walker. “So why isn’t Husted speaking up while Ohio’s Republican legislature attempts to slash the number of days that the state’s residents can vote early? The answer is that Husted has shown time and again that his true commitment is to blocking people from voting rather than doing the job he was elected to do.”

Since his election in 2010, Husted has established himself as one of the nation’s leaders in widespread effort to block certain people from voting. In 2012, Husted attempted to reduce early voting hours in Democratic-leaning counties and retroactively moved to declare provisions ballots invalid. Those efforts led The Atlantic to call Husted “a relentless partisan, the national face of voter suppression.”

“Husted is the top example of why we need iVote to flip the script on voting rights,” Walker said. “We can no longer sit back and watch Husted lead a coordinated effort to deny Ohioans the right to vote. With iVote, we’re going on offense to elect a Secretary of State who will protect every Ohioan’s right to vote.”

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 and Pete Giangreco. iVote is being advised by 270 Strategies, AKPD, David Binder Research, and Greenberg Rosner Research.

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