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Statement from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLUMBUS – In reference to the decision handed down today by Federal Judge Michael Watson in Case Number 2:15-cv-1802, the Ohio Democratic Party v. Husted, all of the following may be attributed to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted:

“Today, the court endorsed what I have long said: uniformity in our election system is good for voters.

“While I am pleased the court has upheld existing law on nearly every issue, it is disappointing that a federal judge would again change the election rules after the current laws were upheld in the same federal district court by a settlement agreement we reached with the NAACP and the ACLU.

“This point is further amplified when you consider that, for nearly 200 years, Ohioans voted for only one day. If it was constitutional for lawmakers to expand the voting period to 35 days, it must also be constitutional for the same legislative body to amend the timeframe to 28 days, a timeframe that remains one of the most generous in the nation.

“As this law was created by the elected members of the state legislature, I will consult with the Senate President and House Speaker before deciding how to proceed.”

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