2014. A midterm year and all the statewide offices are up for grabs here in Ohio. There will likely be little movement in the State Legislature or Ohio Congressional Delegation since Republicans gerrymandered the State to within an inch of its life in 2011. Those current districts resemble some mad Rorschach test put together by someone tripping their ass off.
Governor John Kasich is in a make-or-break reelection bid that may determine whether he makes a run for The White House. It is doubtful if, after losing the Governor’s Office, he could make a case to the GOP Primary voters [...]Full Story... →
The fact that the American Legislative Exchange Council has disbanded its anti-voting-access task force will not dissuade Ohio Republicans who insist on assaulting the franchise.
ALEC, the Koch Brother-funded “model legislation” hook-up apparatus for conservative state legislators and multinational corporations—think MeetMe for plutocrats and their sycophants—scaled back their work on non-economic issues following the Trayvon Martin controversy.
ALEC, by the way, would prefer their model legislation not be referred to as such so much, as it counts itself among those “charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit” organizations that should not have to pay taxes for Full Story... →
Plunderbund was the first to report that in November, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted suggested to an audience of statehouse insiders that allocating the state’s electoral college votes by Congressional district might be a good way to reduce the national focus on Ohio elections. (Thanks to Innovation Ohio, we now have the video.) The idea would have delivered the majority of Ohio’s electoral votes to Romney, the loser of the popular vote.
Husted backed away when eyebrows were raised, but many remained suspicious. As well they should be – several state legislatures and [...]Full Story... →
NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd is on the receiving end of a social media shitstorm today, all thanks to the incredibly poor reputation of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.
It all started earlier today with this tweet:
I’ll admit, I was intrigued. Until I realized that Husted and Todd agreeing that our process for drawing legislative and congressional districts is broken and needs fixed is not controversial. It’s actually something I agree with. Husted even has a half-decent plan floating out there if both sides could agree to implement it in a reasonable period [...]Full Story... →
Defending his performance managing Ohio’s election, Husted argued that because of the high stakes involved with being an electoral vote-rich swing state, Ohio’s elections chief is always scrutinized and criticized. (Funny, we don’t remember that happening in 2008, but that’s beside the point).
Husted’s solution to this perceived problem of Democrats and the national media picking on him? He says we should make Ohio less important in the election by dividing up our electoral votes by Congressional district.
This is huge [...]Full Story... →
Today’s story is the incredibly long lines to vote across Ohio. Unlike in 2008, early voting was limited to weekdays by Secretary of State Jon Husted. But thanks to a lawsuit by the Obama campaign, two weekend days were restored — yesterday and today — and the lines clearly demonstrate that Ohioans want (or need) to vote on the weekend.
Don’t like long lines to vote? Be sure to let your State Representative and State Senator know. The GOP is already promising to revisit Ohio’s early voting process during the lame duck legislative session later this month, and you can [...]Full Story... →
Since 2005, Ohio has allowed early, in-person voting with many counties opening at night and on weekends to help reduce the lines on election day. The program was so well received, especially in the black community, that the GOP has done everything it can over the past year to limit early voting in hopes of avoiding a repeat of Obama’s win in 2008.
Last year, they passed a law that blocked early voting on the 3 [...]Full Story... →
Husted move could prevent 29,000 from voting in Cuyahoga County
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced that he intends to side with Republicans on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to block extended early voting hours in November. Democrats are crying foul. Experts say that those who tend to vote in person at the Board of Elections are the working poor who typically show up only in presidential election years. They are the most likely to go to the wrong polling location and be forced to vote provisionally. For this and other reasons, the Plain Dealer [...]
Today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that he will relent and allow Cuyahoga County mail unsolicited absentee ballot requests (as it’s done for years now) to voters in order to prevent overcrowded lines on election day after an unanimous, bipartisan Cuyahoga County Council passed a resolution authorizing the program.
Husted has tried to justify his opposition to large counties sending out unsolicited absentee ballots by arguing that making it easier for such voters in those counties to vote was “unfair” to other voters who didn’t have the benefit of such programs and [...]Full Story... →
Earlier today, Secretary of State Jon Husted informed the “We Are Ohio” campaign that his office has officially certified that they collected the sufficient number of valid signatures to place SB 5 on a repeal ballot this November.
Here’s a copy of Secretary of State Jon Husted’s letter.
And here’s a chart from Husted’s office showing a county by county breakdown. In order to get it on the ballot they had to get over 231,150 signatures with the signatures coming from the equivalent of at least 3% of the votes cast in the 2010 gubernatorial election in [...]Full Story... →
I almost feel sorry for poor little Senate Bill 5, a victim of grotesque political scientific experiments by its own creator. First, they considered cloning parts of Senate Bill 5 into the State budget bill. Now, the Columbus Dispatch reports that Governor Kasich and other SB 5 supporters are putting pressure on Secretary of State Jon Husted and other members of the Ohio Ballot Board to divide the SB 5 referendum into multiple issues, as opposed to a straight up or down vote on Senate Bill 5. The [...]Full Story... →