Ohio Democratic Party Wins Preliminary Injunction in Lawsuit to Allow Emailed Absentee Ballot Applications

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party issued the following statement from Chairman David Pepper in response to Judge Stephen McIntosh granting the party’s motion for a preliminary injunction to allow Ohio voters to submit their vote-by-mail application via email or fax:

“This is a big win for Ohio voters, providing a fast, easy and modern way for voters to request an absentee ballot. We are pleased the court agreed with our argument that Ohio law permits voters to request absentee ballots electronically and that nothing in Ohio law justifies the Secretary of State’s policy rejecting such applications.

“It’s a shame that Frank LaRose is appealing this decision; after all, he has spent two years saying he supports online absentee ballot applications. It begs the question — why? Why is LaRose continuing to fight something he claims to support, even after a court has weighed in?”