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Secretary Husted: Ohio’s Elections Will Be Secure & Smooth

COLUMBUS– Over the past week, Secretary of State Jon Husted has done a number of media interviews assuring voters that Ohio is a state where it is both easy to vote and hard to cheat. 

In case you missed any of them, below you will find the links to several of his interviews with both national and local media outlets. 

Secretary Husted also released an educational video to inform Ohioans of how their ballots are handled once cast and how the process for tabulating results is bipartisan and secure.

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe
“People have lost faith in their institutions whether it’s politics, media, the justice system. I don’t want them to lose faith in their democracy.” –Secretary Husted

Video Screenshot - MSNBC's Morning Joe

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
“It’s irresponsible to say the election is rigged. You shouldn’t sow seeds of doubt unless you have some facts to back it up.”  –Secretary Husted

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CNN’s Newsroom with Carol Costello
“The idea of widespread voter fraud would require some systemic problem in our system and if there is a systemic problem, please identify it.” –Secretary Husted

Video - Secretary Husted on CNN's Newsroom with Carol Costello

CNN’s Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin
“We try to fulfill the goal of making it easy to vote and hard to cheat in Ohio and I know that many of my colleagues who are Secretaries of State around the country feel the same way. Our leaders need to build confidence in American democracy, not undermine it.” –Secretary Husted  

Video - Secretary Husted on CNN's Newsroom with Carol Costello - Screen 2

WBNS, 10TV with Scott Light and Tracy Townsend
“People have lost confidence in a lot of the institutions in our country and it’s my job to try to uphold their confidence in our democracy.” - Secretary Husted  

Video Sceenshot - Secretary Husted on WBNS, 10TV

WSYX, ABC6 Evening News
“What we need our leaders to do, whether it’s Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump, is that we need to have them help build confidence in our election, help build confidence in democracy. It actually legitimizes their election as President.” –Secretary Husted  

Video Sceenshot - Secretary Husted on WSYX, ABC6 Evening News

THE WASHINGTON POST: Election officials brace for fallout from Trump’s claims of a ‘rigged’ vote
“Any time that your comments draw into question the legitimacy of the elections process, they have crossed the line.” –Secretary Husted  

BUZZFEED: Donald Trump’s Allegations of Rigged Election are “Irresponsible” Says Ohio Secretary of State
“I can reassure Donald Trump that I am in charge of elections in Ohio and they’re not going to be rigged. We should not be questioning it or the legitimacy of it.” –Secretary Husted  

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Officials Fight Donald Trump’s Claims of a Rigged Vote
“American elections are, unlike those in many democracies, largely decentralized, rendering the possibility of large-scale fraud extraordinarily unlikely. Further, the balloting in many of the hardest-fought states will be overseen by Republican officials, individuals who would be highly unlikely to consent to helping Mrs. Clinton rig the vote,” wrote Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns.  

POLITICO: Ohio’s Republican secretary of state calls Trump’s rigged election claims ‘irresponsible’
“We have a bipartisan system of elections. Frankly, it’s the only place you can find Democrats and Republicans working cooperatively together. They work that way in our election system to make sure that the integrity of our election system is upheld, and that people feel good about the process of voting.” –Secretary Husted  

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Jon Husted says voting is safe in Ohio despite talk of rigged election
“Elections and the vote counting in Ohio are conducted by bipartisan boards of elections in the state’s 88 counties, meaning only an improbable alliance and a virtually impossible-to-keep secret between Democrats and Republicans in all 88 counties could change the election,” wrote Jessica Wehrman and Jack Torry.  

CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER: Jon Husted pushes back on Donald Trump and the “rigged” election theory: Ohio Politics Roundup
“I can assure Donald Trump. I am in charge of elections in Ohio, and they are not going to be rigged. I’ll make sure of it… Our institutions like our election system is one of the bedrocks of American democracy. We should not question it or the legitimacy of it. It works very well. In places like Ohio, we make it easy to vote and hard to cheat.” –Secretary Husted

DAYTON DAILY NEWS: Is the fix in? Trump campaign says election is rigged, supporters agree
“We have made it easy to vote and hard to cheat. We are going to run a good, clean election in Ohio, like we always do.” –Secretary Husted  

CINCINNATI ENQUIRER: Husted to Trump: Election ‘not rigged’
“I can assure him, as a fellow Republican, that it is not rigged... I hope Donald Trump will focus on issues people really care about and not on issues that are not based on fact and undermine confidence in our democracy.” –Secretary Husted

THE BLADE: Ohio, Michigan officials insist election is secure
"Ohio’s voting is safe for multiple reasons, Mr. Husted said. Among them: voting machines are never connected to the Internet; every vote has a paper trail attached to it; no one is on the voter rolls who is not allowed to vote; the “friends and neighbors” of voters check identifications at the polls, and the media and the public are welcome to watch, he said," wrote Ignazio Messina.

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