The court decision on Ohio voting has not even had its ink dry, and Ohio Secretary of State John Husted has already decided to ignore the court and break the law.
On Friday, Mr Husted issued a directive which could invalidate legal, provisional ballots all across the state. Provisional ballots in Ohio are issued in cases of registration problems, voting machine errors, and a multitude of other situations. An example of the provisional ballot can be found here:
While the law specifies that any questions on the voters identify must be resolved on the spot, the new orders by Mr Husted appear to overrule both the law and the court order. What he ordered is simple, the Secretary of State instructed that the voter is to ensure that their identification is correct, and that if the form is not filled out correctly, it will not be counted.
See, the issue is, Ohio code is very specific, as detailed out in the lawsuit documentation:
Ohio Rev. Code § 3505.181(B)(6) provides that, once a voter casting a provisional ballot proffers identification, “the appropriate local election official shall record the type of identification provided, the social security number information, the fact that the affirmation was executed, or the fact that the individual declined to execute such an affirmation and include that information with the transmission of the ballot . . . .”
Note the key phrase “the appropriate local election official shall record the type of information provided.” The Ohio Secretary of State has just ordered election officials to break the law.
Jon Husted is directly attacking the people he swore an oath to serve. He is doing so out of dedication to an ideology which is out of touch with the modern world. These actions demonstrate someone terrified of the future. Unable to handle the world before him, he invents his own reality, one where there are people lurking in dark corners attempting to steal the election from his friends using tactics right out of a 1950’s spy movie. The thought that, perhaps, women don’t want their decisions made for them, or minorities are not welfare queens, has never popped in to Mr Husted’s cranium.
And this is why men like Jon Husted must be defeated next week.
3 days to go. Tell Jon Husted that he is wrong.