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Demands answers and accountability for state contracting error
October 21, 2020

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today issued the following statement in response to Secretary LaRose’s failure to answer a legislative inquiry into Midwest Direct and the secretary’s directive calling on county Board of Elections to complete their vote counts by November 18th at 2pm:

 
 
Ballot printer delays may add to time needed to count ballots
October 20, 2020

COLUMBUS— State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D - Toledo), Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) wrote a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose asking him to account for a directive he issued late Friday afternoon. The directive cuts off six days of vote counting time that counties might need to finish the count. It moves the deadline from November 24 to November 18 for counties to complete the official canvass.

 
 

COLUMBUS – House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement today following the news that Ohio broke its single-day record of COVID-19 cases with 2,039 in the last single 24 hours, according to the Ohio Department of Health. This is the first day over 2,000 cases since the pandemic began.

 
 
Lawmaker says transparency between branches of government is vital as we near Election Day
October 15, 2020

COLUMBUS— State Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson (D - Toledo) wrote a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose today asking for daily updates on any ongoing election problems in the state of Ohio, including the delay in mailing absentee ballots that impacted roughly 67,000 Lucas County voters.

 
 
Calls on Republicans from the Statehouse to the White House to denounce hate and violence
October 8, 2020

COLUMBUS—Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) issued a statement today following news reports that six men were charged in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. According to the FBI, the initial plans were hatched here in Ohio.  

 
 

Columbus – Chair Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) and Vice Chair Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo), on behalf of the Executive Committee of the Ohio Democratic Women’s Legislative Caucus, today issued a joint statement regarding the arrest of conspirators by the FBI, who were allegedly planning to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

 
 

COLUMBUS— State Representative Bride Rose Sweeney (D - Cleveland) released the below statement in response to a federal judge’s dismissal of the second ballot drop box lawsuit.

 
 
Lawmaker derides national GOP plan aimed at reducing voting access
October 5, 2020

COLUMBUS— State Representative Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) responded to a federal court’s Saturday order requiring the Ohio Secretary of State  to explain himself by noon today on why he has not allowed Cuyahoga County’s Board of Elections to move forward with its bipartisan unanimous plan to offer ballot drop off services at six library locations.

 
 

COLUMBUS— State Representative Bride Rose Sweeney (D - Cleveland) released the below statement in response to Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s just-released directive limiting boards of elections to having drop boxes only at their Board of Elections sites and not throughout the county. Rep. Sweeney is watching to see what happens today in a federal court on the drop box and ballot collection issue. 

 
 

COLUMBUS – House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued a statement following a tweet from President Donald Trump that he and the First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19. Leader Sykes attended the presidential debate in Cleveland on Tuesday evening and was in the same room as the President and his team, including Hope Hicks. Many in the President’s entourage were not wearing masks.