Ohio Democratic Party Statement on Dayton Mailings In Violation of ODP Policies
October 28, 2021
Columbus, OH — Today, the Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement on two mailings that were sent out to Dayton voters in violation of the Ohio Democratic Party’s (ODP) mail policies. The mailings in violation never should have been submitted by the Montgomery County Party, nor approved by the Ohio Democratic Party.
“This week, two mail pieces were sent to Dayton voters in violation of several of ODP’s mail policies. The mail pieces should never have been submitted by the local county party, nor approved, but they unfortunately went out by mistake amid a staff transition at ODP in oversight of the mail program. We are working to ensure that oversight of this program is strengthened and that similar mistakes don’t happen in the future,” said Matt Keyes, spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.
ODP has sent notice to the Montgomery County Democratic Party that the piece was in violation of ODP policies and outlined the consequences for the local party should such a violation ever happen again. ODP also asked that the County Party reply to the notice with the steps they’re taking to make sure no such violation happens in the future.
In recognition of the fact that the pieces should never also have been approved by ODP staff, the Party is also taking immediate and meaningful steps to restructure our internal mail process to make sure that oversight of this program is strengthened and similar mistakes don’t happen in the future.
ODP Chair Elizabeth Walters has spoken with both candidates listed on the mail pieces in violation and offered her apologies for ODP’s role in the mistake.