COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In an escalating dispute, the leader of Ohio’s largest county has asked federal investigators to determine if recently passed Ohio voting rules are intended to suppress Democratic and minority votes.
In a Cleveland news conference Tuesday, Cuyahoga County executive and gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald challenged a state law barring county elections boards and other public officials from mailing absentee ballots.
He challenged a budget amendment in the Republican-dominated Ohio House stripping 10 percent of local-government funding from counties that violate the law. Cuyahoga County plans a vote Tuesday asserting home-rule in the mailing of such ballots.
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) said a reasonable resolution is possible. He says Ohio will mail absentee-ballot applications to all voters, making FitzGerald’s proposal redundant and illegal. He called funding cuts unnecessary.