Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) released the following statement after Ohio’s Tenth District Court of Appeals overturned a previous decision requiring Secretary of State Frank LaRose to accept electronic absentee ballot requests:
“I am disappointed by the higher court’s decisions. The courts had the chance to improve efficiency in Ohio’s confusing vote-by-mail process and protect the voting rights of high-risk individuals, those living without access to transportation and those with limited mobility. It is malpractice to make voting harder during a global pandemic that has already killed more than 200,000 Americans.
“Yesterday, the court said there’s nothing in Ohio law that prevents Secretary of State Frank LaRose from accepting electronic ballot requests. It’s clear that Secretary LaRose had the power to do so all along, yet chose not to.
“Time and time again, Republicans have shown they just want to make it harder for eligible voters to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Our armed service members can already receive their ballots electronically so the technology is already in place. LaRose’s arguments about security risks and administrative burden are just excuses.
“I urge all Ohioans to check their registration, register to vote, make a plan to vote and vote early.”