COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party’s lawsuit to allow Ohio voters to request an absentee ballot electronically is ironically drawing fire from someone who has spent years saying he supports allowing online ballot requests — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.
“This lawsuit is actually trying to do what Frank LaRose has publicly said he wants to see done, so it’s more than strange that he would now oppose this lawsuit,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “We should all be looking for common-sense ways to make voting in a pandemic faster, easier and safer, so we hope LaRose drops his opposition to this common-sense effort and joins us in our effort in a spirit of bipartisanship.”
LaRose’s spokesperson claimed — without evidence — that allowing absentee ballot requests by email or fax was unworkable “because county elections officials could easily open a virus.”
This opposition makes little sense. The Secretary of State already accepts emailed absentee ballots and requests every election from overseas voters, and the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming all permit voters to request an absentee ballot via email.