Ohio has had more than its share of national black eyes when it comes to voters and voting. Who can forget what then Republican Secretary of State Ken Blackwell did to alter the statewide vote in 2004 in Ohio that kept Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry from defeating George W. Bush?
Who can forget what term-limited Republican officeholders Gov. John Kasich and Secretary of State Jon Husted did to mess with voting laws that again put Ohio in the center of controversy that sought to suppress voting with radical redistricting and new voters rules that were challenged in the courts?
With a lot of luck, and even more hard work by Ohio Democrats who need to fire on all cylinders as the 2018 midterm elections approach, Ohio might have another leader of elections whose mind and heart are fully vested with voters, not a drive to cement a political party’s future based on scrambling the gameboard in ways that range from bad to worse.
The good news Monday is that EMILY’s List, the nation’s leading organization for electing pro-choice Democratic women, endorsed State Representative Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent. for Ohio Secretary of State.
Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, praised Clyde for strong advocacy in defending voters and voting rights. Schriock noted that Clyde authored legislation to create automatic voter registration and has pushed to restore early voting days for Ohioans.
“Kathleen has consistently shown that she believes in the values of fairness and democracy by sticking up for working families, defending union workers, protecting small businesses, and championing equal pay. We have no doubt that Kathleen Clyde will use her experience to protect and empower voters, which is why EMILY’s List is so proud to endorse her,” Schriock said in a media release.
Clyde didn’t hide her joy in receiving the endorsement.
“I’m thrilled to know that EMILY’s List is standing with us in our fight to ensure that every Ohioan’s voice is heard and every Ohioan’s vote is counted,” Clyde said. “When I first decided to run in 2010 for State Representative, EMILY’s List was there with me every step of the way – which led me to become the youngest elected woman in the Ohio Statehouse. Together, we’re going to win in 2018.”