Senate District 24
Matt Dolan
Dolan Disappointed in Controlling Board Decision to Reject Pre-Paid Postage on Absentee Ballots
September 14, 2020

COLUMBUS—State Senator Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) issued the following statement after the Controlling Board's decision today to reject a proposal for pre-paid postage on absentee ballots:

"Today the Controlling Board rejected, along party lines, the Ohio Secretary of State's proposal for pre-paid postage on returned absentee ballots for this November's election. I am disappointed with this result. I made my position of support of the Secretary's request clear to Senate leadership.

"Since I am Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, I am statutorily named a Controlling Board member. However, in this current General Assembly, President Obhof has named a replacement for my seat, so I have not been required to attend or be a voting member of the Controlling Board for the last two years.

"With the COVID-19 pandemic imposing challenges for voters, combined with the current shortage of poll workers and both political parties in Ohio encouraging supporters to vote, I think pre-paid postage on return absentee ballots is the right approach for 2020.

"Although disappointed in the Controlling Board's decision, this does not alter Ohioans' many opportunities to vote 28 days prior to the election beginning October 6, 2020. I urge all citizens to exercise their right to vote on or before November 3, 2020."
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