Husted said with “certainty” that after Election Day, state legislature will eliminate some forms of identification that can be used to vote
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Monday night, while speaking to a tea party group in Cincinnati, Ohio’s scandal plagued Secretary of State Jon Husted revealed secret plans to eliminate some forms of identification voters can use to cast a ballot.
Speaking candidly, Husted stated:
“I was listening to a show one night about these onerous photo ID rules in Ohio. Well, the photo ID law in Ohio is not onerous. As a matter of fact, I suspect the GA [General Assembly] will take up a more strict version of what we have after this election process.”
[Download Husted Audio Clip 1]
In other words, Ohio’s election process is not yet onerous enough, so let’s make it more onerous.
Clarifying, Husted acknowledged that Ohioans can present up to 12 forms of identification at the polls, and that “we need to streamline” that process, and he’s “quite confident the legislature is going to take that up.” [Download Husted Audio Clip 2]
“As if Secretary of State Husted has not done enough to undermine access to Ohio’s polls, now he’s planning a secret post-Election Day assault on what forms of identification voters can present to cast a ballot,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern. “It’s no surprise that after slashing voting access across the state, using his office for partisan advantage, and lying about Issue 2, now Husted is making plans to create obstacles for African Americans and seniors to vote.”
In addition to a state issued identification card, Ohio law currently allows additional forms of voter identification to vote such as a military ID, utility bill, paycheck, and other options. These additional forms of ID are crucial because reports have shown many Americans do not have access to valid state issued identification. According to a study by the Brennan Center for Justice, nearly 18% of Americans over age 65 and up to one in four African Americans may lack a valid state issued identification card.
Similar efforts to limit acceptable identification at the polls have erupted in scandal in Pennsylvania, whose Republican House Majority Leader stated that the voter ID law “is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.”