FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today filed an appeal in Case Number 2:15-cv-1802, the Ohio Democratic Party v. Husted, which received an initial ruling from Federal Judge Michael Watson on May 24, 2016. All of the following may be directly attributed to Secretary Husted:
“The elimination of Golden Week has enjoyed a broad coalition of bipartisan support, which includes the Ohio Association of Election Officials, the NAACP, the ACLU, the Republican controlled legislature and in 2009 the Democratic controlled House of Representatives.
“Golden Week had become both an administrative problem and a voter integrity issue. Out-of-state voters were illegally registering to vote and casting ballots during this time period. Eliminating Golden Week reduced the growing potential for voter fraud.
“To ensure we were fulfilling our goal of making it easy to vote and hard to cheat, we expanded weekend and weekday hours for in-person absentee voting as part of a compromise for the reduction in hours that came with the elimination of Golden Week.
“The judge’s ruling breaks the compromise that had been forged to balance voter access and election integrity, and as such, we are appealing the decision.”
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