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Statement from Secretary of State Jon Husted regarding appeal of Hunter v. Hamilton County BOE

COLUMBUS – Regarding the Hamilton County Board of Elections’ appeal in Hunter v. Hamilton County Board of Elections and the attached amicus brief filed today by the Ohio Attorney General on behalf of the Secretary of State, all of the following may be attributed to Secretary of State Jon Husted:

“A local dispute over how and when to count provisional ballots in a county judge’s race has raised a fundamental governing principle of paramount importance: All voters must have equal access to the ballot and it is up to the states, and the states alone, to protect that franchise through the proper administration of elections within their borders.

“I believe this case to be an unnecessary foray by the federal court into an area of law reserved to the states. The Ohio Supreme Court has issued its opinion with respect to Ohio law and Ohio law should reign supreme.”

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