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Statement From Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Statement From Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Columbus – Today the Presidential Commission on Elections Administration, established by President Obama’s Executive Order 13639, released its bipartisan recommendations on how to improve the voting experience across the nation. In regards to the recommendations, available here, all of the following may be attributed to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted:

“This commission of Republicans and Democrats recommended for the nation what we already do in Ohio.

“Ohioans should be proud of the fact that our elections system already meets and exceeds recommendations in the report.

“Ohio is above the national average for absentee and early voting opportunities, we’ve been deemed an ‘All-Star’ state for making it easier for members of the military to vote, and today the voter rolls are in the best shape they’ve ever been.

“The only major recommendation where Ohio has fallen behind is the failure to enact online voter registration. Once again, I urge the General Assembly to pass the authorizing legislation so we can get online voter registration up and running as soon as possible.

“If we want to continue to be a leader in running smooth elections in the 21st Century, we need full online voter registration. The bipartisan recommendations of the Commission vouch for this as a common sense way to improve accuracy, reduce lines and most importantly, better serve voters as we continue our work to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat.”

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