State Representative and Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement in response to Secretary of State Jon Husted’s recently unveiled agenda. Husted outlined his proposed limits on voting rights in a letter to legislative leaders yesterday, showing his support for shortening early voting hours and limiting minor party candidates from being placed on the ballot.
“The Secretary of State’s voter suppression agenda is extremely disappointing. As the state’s chief elections officer, Secretary Husted is tasked with the duty of ensuring that Ohio’s elections are fair and accessible to all citizens. Unfortunately, the proposed changes are aimed at restricting voters’ access to the ballot box in 2014. We are tired of our elected officials working against civic engagement and citizens’ sacred right to vote. Voting should not fall victim to partisan politics. We can and must do better, which is why I have called for a Voter Bill of Rights Ohio constitutional amendment. The strength of our democracy depends on active voter participation.”