Senator Nina Turner and State Rep. Kathleen Clyde are planning to introduce legislation to determine why Ohio continues to be non-compliant with federal “Motor Voter” laws and how the problem can be fixed.
As we reported on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Husted, for the second time in two election cycles, failed to deliver voter registration data to local elections officials within the time allowed by state and federal laws. Ohio requires the data to be sent within five days.
Instead, Husted sent months of data all at once, and days before the primary election on May 7th. The same type of last minute dump of data occurred on Husted’s watch during the recent presidential election.
According to Clyde and Turner, voters impacted by the late-arriving information could have their absentee ballots rejected or may be forced to cast provisional ballots. They also may fail to get updated about their new voting location.
“Following federal laws is not optional,” said Rep. Clyde. “We must study this problem and fix it immediately to ensure Ohioans are being properly registered to vote and their rights are protected.”
Turner called the failure “inexcusable… especially when Ohioans’ rights to vote are at stake.”
The proposed legislation will require the formation of a bi-partisan study committee to determine why Secretary of State Husted and Kasich’s BMV have failed to follow federal and state laws on the timely transmission of voter registration data.