Ohio Democratic Party Applauds Action To Defend Young Voters’ Rights In Ohio

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party is applauding the efforts of several groups that are challenging Secretary of State Jon Husted’s decision — which overturns decades of precedent — to bar 17-year-olds from voting in the 2016 presidential primary.

“Unfortunately, this is a pattern of behavior from Secretary Husted and Ohio Republicans, as they have attempted over and over again to make it harder for young Ohioans to vote,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Thanks to the Ohio Democratic Party, Democratic officials and other organizations that have stood up against them, these efforts have failed — over and over again. And we are confident that this will be the outcome here as well.

“Ohio Democrats are working to ensure that every eligible voter is registered, every registered voter is able to vote and that every vote is accurately counted. It has been a central value of the Democratic Party that we support greater voter participation — regardless of party. We’ve never solved a problem with less democracy.”

The Fair Elections Legal Network today filed suit in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on behalf of nine plaintiffs to allow them to exercise their right to vote in the presidential primary.

The Washington Post is reporting that the Bernie Sanders campaign will also file suit.

In addition, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and League of Women Voters of Ohio have both called on Husted to reverse course.

The Ohio Democratic Party has two pending lawsuits to protect Ohioans’ right to vote, with one case set to begin arguments next week.