COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has released the following statement in response to today’s ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on the A. Philip Randolph Institute’s latest attempt to interfere with the effective administration of Ohio’s elections. The Court has ruled to reinstate the “APRI Exception” for the 2018 General Election, while postponing argument of the merits until after the election. The following may be attributed to Secretary Husted:
“While I disagree with the Court’s decision, it is temporary and narrow in scope. I will not appeal the decision because that would serve as an unnecessary source of contention with an election only five days away.
“I agree with Judge Siler’s opinion that when the merits of this case are ultimately decided, Ohio’s process for maintaining accurate voter rolls will once again be upheld – just as it was when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this year.
“Ohio is, and will remain, a leader in elections administration because of our commitment to making it easy to vote and hard to cheat. We will not waiver in this effort, but it is time to move forward for this election.”