State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) released the following statement in response to the decision by a panel of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals:
“The Court found that Husted has been illegally tossing out the ballots of eligible and registered voters. He must stop. Husted’s job is to let the people vote, not to break down our democratic system.
“However, this decision does not go far enough for many Ohioans, especially those who have historically been shut out of the voting booth and unfairly subjected to new voting restrictions passed by the legislature and enforced by Husted. There is absolutely no reason to throw out a ballot when election officials have enough information to verify that a voter is registered and eligible to vote. Throwing out such ballots harms the integrity of our elections and the character of our state.”
The 2-1 decision of the panel can be found here.