COLUMBUS — In response to Governor Kasich’s line-item veto of the transportation budget amendment that would require residents to obtain an Ohio driver’s license in order to vote, Ohio Democratic Party leaders released the following statements:
“Because of the many voices that came together to protect the right to vote, we were able to push back what would have been a very detrimental law for student voters. Access to the ballot box is the sacred building block of democracy,” said Chair of Party Engagement and former State Senator Nina Turner. “We at the Ohio Democratic Party and my Democratic colleagues currently serving in the General Assembly will remain vigilant against any and all attempts to suppress the vote.”
ODP Chairman David Pepper added, “I applaud the many student leaders across the State—Democrat, Republican and independent—who spoke out over the past week and succeeded in bringing common sense to Columbus today. Tying any fee to voting is a poll tax, and poll taxes belong in the dustbin of history. I’m glad this one, at least, will remain there. My hope is that today’s veto provides a clear lesson from Ohio’s students to legislators who should know better. And we at the Ohio Democratic Party will stand united against future assaults on fundamental rights.
“Given the confusion that has been caused by these proposed changes to voting, we call upon Gov. Kasich and Secretary of State Jon Husted to precisely explain to Ohio students from other states how they will be affected by this 30 day requirement.”
Taylor Myers, President of College Democrats of Ohio weighed in, saying, “Barely one-fifth of young people voted last fall. Ohio can and should strive for better, and making it more difficult and more expensive to vote is exactly the wrong thing to do. It would have hurt Ohio. I thank Governor Kasich for vetoing this amendment.”