These lies aren’t about protecting voters, they’re about justifying partisan voter suppression, plain and simple. And we know who that suppression is always aimed at — it’s people of color, it’s young people, it’s people who work long hours for too little pay. In Ohio, we’ve watched GOP politicians in Columbus make it harder for Ohioans to vote year after year — by eliminating Golden Week, which allowed voters to register and vote on the same day; by purging qualified voters off the election rolls; and through partisan redistricting that puts power in the hands of a few politicians, rather than with the voters.
It doesn’t have to be that way, and it hasn’t always been.
When I was running our elections, we tried to reach people wherever we could — we even convinced Bob Evans and McDonald’s to print registration forms on their placemats and tray-liners. Boards of election in all 88 counties accepted them, ketchup stains and all.
We need that same kind of thinking today.
We must expand options for all Ohioans to cast their ballots. I led the entire Ohio Democratic Congressional Delegation in asking current Secretary of State Frank LaRose to increase the number of ballot drop boxes and to provide paid postage for all mail-in ballots. We must also make sure the United States Postal Service has the resources and infrastructure it needs to handle Ohioans’ ballots, along with their packages and their prescription drugs.
Our democracy is stronger when everyone participates. My message to Ohioans is simple: vote. Your vote will be safe and secure. Your vote will be counted. Your vote matters.