FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Statement on American Civil Liberties Union Lawsuit
Columbus – The following may be attributed to Matt McClellan, Press Secretary for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted in response to a lawsuit filed today by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU):
“It’s ironic that Secretary Husted is being sued for treating all voters equally and for supporting a bipartisan voting schedule that gives Ohioans an entire month to cast ballots.
“The ACLU is targeting the wrong state because by every objective measure Ohio has expansive opportunities to vote.
“Jon Husted has been a leader in that effort. As speaker, he pushed for the adoption of no-fault absentee voting. When he became Secretary of State, he implemented an online change of address system and has continued to fight for full online voter registration. He’s the first Secretary of State to send out absentee ballot applications statewide and he is the first Secretary of State to ensure all voters, no matter what county they live in, have the same opportunities to vote in the month leading up to the election.
“The ACLU would be better served to focus on states like New York or Delaware or Michigan or Kentucky where there’s no early voting at all.
“The fact is that it’s easy to vote in Ohio and the plaintiffs should be joining Secretary Husted in making sure all voters know their voting options rather than trying to scare them into believing it’s hard. That’s the real voter suppression.”
For more information, please contact Matt McClellan at (614) 995-2168.