COLUMBUS – Today, Secretary of State Jon Husted certified that Fair Elections Ohio, a coalition including the Ohio Democratic Party, Organizing for America, ProgressOhio and numerous allies, collected the necessary signatures to place House Bill 194 on the November 2012 ballot.
“This is an incredible day for democracy in Ohio,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern. “Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans stood up and put the brakes on the Republicans’ deliberate attempt to make it harder for Ohioans to vote. We are confident that in November 2012, Ohioans will vote to protect fair and accessible elections in our state.
Redfern credited the volunteers who made the victory possible. “Thanks to the dedication of Democratic volunteers and allies, the Republican voter suppression bill won’t take effect.”
Greg Schultz, State Director of Obama for America-Ohio added, “Today's official announcement is great news for the voting rights of Ohioans, including the countless volunteers with OFA and other progressive partners who sprung into action to reverse this attempt to limit the access of eligible voters to the polls. Today's news is also further proof that we have a solid and robust grassroots organization in the state – and we plan to carry this momentum into 2012 and look forward to getting the vote out early next year.”
Volunteers from the Ohio Democratic Party, Organizing for America and countless organizations who worked diligently to collect signatures to stop the voter suppression bill were also instrumental in defeating Issue 2, John Kasich’s attempt to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights, by a margin of 61-39.