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Rep. Kathleen Clyde and House Democrats fight for provisional ballots
Democrats say too many provisional ballots are being cast in Ohio and are being thrown out

Rep. Kathleen Clyde
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House Democrats held a press conference today (Wednesday) in Columbus calling on Secretary of State Jon Husted to change the way provisional ballots are handled in Ohio.

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde of Kent says too many Ohioans’ votes are not counted in the presidential elections and argues that the state is breaking federal voting laws by rejecting ballots and withholding public records so provisional ballot disputes cannot be discussed or resolved .

Rep. Clyde says she has some ideas on how to approach this problem. 

Hear Rep. Kathleen Clyde talk about her broken provisional ballot solutions

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Clyde: In the long term, we need comprehensive legislation in the state of Ohio to address this serious problem. In the short term, Secretary Husted needs to immediately issue a directive to county boards, that we need to follow federal voting laws and that we need to stop needlessly rejecting eligible votes.

Clyde says many of these ballots are actually good but are rejected because they don’t contain the duplicative information that’s asked of voters but is already on the form. She says many provisional ballots are also thrown out because of poll worker error. 

She says more than 200,000 provisional ballots were cast in the 2012 election.

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