ICYMI: Cleveland Plain Dealer Calls Husted’s Decision to Bar 17-Year-Old Voters From Presidential Primary “Suspect”

COLUMBUS — The Cleveland Plain Dealer today called Secretary of State Jon Husted’s decision to bar 17-year-olds from voting for their chosen presidential candidate in the primary “suspect” and encouraged young voters to “turn out in force” for Ohio’s presidential primary.

“The Plain Dealer editorial board agrees with Ohio Democrats that the law is clear — if you are registered and will be 18 before the general election, you have the right to vote for your chosen presidential candidate in the primary,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Secretary of State Jon Husted has continued to attack voting rights in Ohio, and this is just the latest example. Young voters should indeed make their voices heard loud and clear in this primary election. Ohio Democrats will continue to stand with them and ensure that every eligible voter is registered, every registered voter is able to vote and that every vote is accurately counted.”

Here are the highlights:

  • “Seventeen-year-old registered voters should turn out in force on Tuesday or in early voting, and they should cast votes for president as well as for the other candidates on the ballot.”

  • “The directive in Ohio preventing them from voting on presidential candidates, no matter what its pedigree, is suspect and the courts may overrule Husted, allowing these votes to count.”

  • “It’s important that 17-year-olds not feel disenfranchised by the Ohio elections directive. Turn out. Exercise your franchise and the rights the law gives you to vote in Ohio.”

This week students from a local high school protested outside of Husted’s downtown office against his decision, and another protest is planned for today at 4 p.m.

In Cuyahoga County, the county’s chief executive is sending a letter to notify those 17-year-olds who are registered and eligible to vote in the primary and encourage them to make a selection for president when casting their ballot.