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Statement from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted released the following statement regarding a lawsuit filed today about what 17-year-olds are permitted to vote on in a primary election. The following may be attributed directly to Secretary Husted:

“I welcome this lawsuit and I am very happy to be sued on this issue because the law is crystal clear.

“We are following the same rules Ohio has operated under in past primaries, under both Democrat and Republican administrations. There is nothing new here. If you are going to be 18 by the November election, you can vote, just not on every issue.

“That means 17-year-olds can vote in the primary, but only on the nomination of candidates to the General Election ballot. They are not permitted to elect candidates, which is what voters are doing in a primary when they elect delegates to represent them at their political party’s national convention, or vote on issues like school, police and fire levies.”

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