Ohio Democratic Party Statement on Ruling Rejecting Secretary of State Jon Husted Directive Barring Young Ohioans From Voting In Presidential Primary

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement today in response to the ruling against Secretary of State Jon Husted by Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Frye allowing registered voters who will be 18 before the general election to vote for their chosen presidential candidate:

“We were confident that Secretary Husted’s directive barring young Ohioans from voting for their chosen presidential candidate would not hold up in court, but it’s still a shame it came to this,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “We urge Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine not to appeal this ruling. Young Ohioans deserve to have a say in whom they want to lead our country. The Ohio Democratic Party will continue to support greater voter participation — regardless of party. We’ve never solved a problem with less democracy.”

At the time of Judge Frye’s ruling, a group of young Ohio voters celebrated outside Husted’s downtown office.