Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced yesterday that he would appeal the court’s decision in Ohio Democratic Party v. Husted related to the elimination of “Golden Week”, the time where voters can both register and vote on the same day. In his press release related to the appeal, Husted falsely claims that groups like the NAACP and the ACLU have supported the elimination of Golden Week. Husted writes:
“The elimination of Golden Week has enjoyed a broad coalition of bipartisan support, which includes the Ohio Association of Election Officials, the NAACP, the ACLU, the Republican controlled legislature and in 2009 the Democratic controlled House of Representatives.”
ACLU of Ohio Senior Policy Director Mike Brickner quickly replied to Husted’s lie with this statement:
“Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s statement that the ACLU supported the elimination of Golden Week could not be further from the truth. The ACLU has always strongly opposed the elimination of Golden Week, particularly because its elimination would discriminate against African Americans. Our organization testified against cuts to Golden Week in the legislature and filed a lawsuit to restore it.”
“After protracted litigation, we entered into a settlement resulting in evening and weekend early voting hours for all Ohio counties, and the parties agreed that the settlement reflected no parties’ views about the merits of the case. Secretary Husted’s insinuation that we have actually supported the racially discriminatory elimination of Golden Week all along is appalling. We oppose all forms of voting discrimination, no matter what forms they may take.”
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