COLUMBUS—State Rep. Latyna Humphrey (D-Columbus) issued a statement today after the Ohio House attempted to pass a bill that would let Secretary LaRose shorten the federally required 45-day military and overseas voting period before Election Day by 16 days. The bill comes after the federal Department of Defense denied Ohio’s request to shorten the time for delivering absentee ballots to military and overseas voters. The Under Secretary of Defense said LaRose’s waiver request failed to provide adequate time for military and overseas voters to receive their ballots or to return them. The bill also does not fix this problem.
“This bill will significantly cut the amount of time our military and overseas voters have to receive their ballots and get them back into the mail by Election Day. The obvious and more responsible solution is to delay the primary so that election officials and all voters experience a smooth election and have the ability to make their voices heard.” said Rep. Humphrey.