Senate District 9
Cecil Thomas
Thomas Blasts Republicans for Refusing to Pre-pay Postage on Mail-In Ballots
September 15, 2020
Today, state Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Avondale) issued the following statement after the state Controlling Board refused to provide return postage for absentee ballots for the upcoming election:

“Nobody should be forced to pay or risk their health to participate in an election. Yet, this is exactly what my Republican colleagues, who this week voted to maintain unnecessary barriers to voting, are asking many Ohioans to do. 

“I find it ironic that the Secretary of State covered the cost of postage on the ballot request forms it sent to all registered voters, yet his office will not spend the money to cover postage for the ballots themselves. Prepaying postage for mail-in ballots benefits all Ohio voters –– regardless of political affiliation –– but especially those who are at a greater risk of experiencing more serious complications from Covid-19 and those who can’t afford the cost of a stamp. Unfortunately, Republicans chose once again to prioritize their partisan interests above the interests of their constituents.”
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