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UPDATE: Statement from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted released the following updated statement regarding today’s ruling in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to overrule state law and reverse decades of election law precedent by allowing 17-year-olds to cast ballots in Ohio’s 2016 Presidential Primary Election:

“I believe that Ohio law is clear and that my office has properly administered the law, just as previous Democrat and Republican Secretaries of State over the last two decades have done.

“However, upon learning that the 10th District Court of Appeals does not plan to hear an appeal on the lower court’s decision until the day before the election, even if we were to prevail, there is no effective way to responsibly make the changes necessary to implement an orderly election.

“Our elections system needs more stability and less chaos. This last minute legislating from the bench on election law has to stop.

“As a result, we will not proceed with an appeal on this decision and I will direct all county boards of elections later this evening to comply with the court order.”

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