Husted

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Jon Husted is Ohio’s Republican secretary of state and one of the nation’s preeminent vote suppressors.

Husted has purged over 2 million Ohioans from the rolls since taking office in 2011, roughly 800,000 of whom were removed for simply not voting. The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a huge blow to fair elections nationwide by upholding his voter purge scheme in Husted v. A Philip Randolph Institute.  Not long after that, Husted’s office issued a directive giving county election administrators the green light to restart the voter purges.

These purges have proven to disproportionately disenfranchise low-income Americans, people of color and Democrats in Ohio, and are viewed as a political benefit for Republicans nationwide.

And that’s not all. Upon taking office in 2011, Husted established specific times for voting across the state, chipping away at locally-established voting polling periods and effectively disenfranchising urban voters facing long lines at polling places.

Husted is now running for Ohio lieutenant governor alongside GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine.

 

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