Husted Stands Behind Provisional Ballot Order

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted(Photo: Ohio Secretary of State's office)
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted(Photo: Ohio Secretary of State's office)

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is standing behind his order to reject provisional ballots where the voter ID information is wrong or incomplete.

A lawsuit from a group of Ohio unions is trying to block the state from throwing out provisional ballots if the error was made by a poll worker.

Husted defended his decision Monday morning on MSNBC.

“All of the federal lawsuits have been settled over this, and at the 11th hour we’re discussing who fills out a form,” Husted said.

I really feel that voters will be benefited if they fill it out versus a poll worker, but ultimately as long as we get this issue settled, I’m really not partial to who does it.

Advocates are saying that the order by Husted late Friday wrongly puts the burden of recording the form of ID used on a provisional ballot on voters, not poll workers.

Attorneys representing a group of Ohio unions who previously sued over provisional ballots say Ohio law makes it clear that this responsibility rests with poll workers.

The attorneys argue that the order issued by Husted increases the chances of mistakes on ballots that will lead to them being thrown out.

A federal judge has given Husted a Tuesday deadline to file an official response to the lawsuit.

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