Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge issued the following statement today regarding the decision by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a federal appeals court ruling that allows for in-person early voting during the last three days before the November 6th Election:
"Once again, Ohio Secretary of State Husted has decided to frustrate and deny the voting rights of Ohio citizens. With this appeal, Secretary Husted has demonstrated that he would rather cling to an oppressive state law than protect voters and their constitutional right to fair and equal access to the ballot box. Moreover, I am not impressed with the Secretary's statement that the appellate court ruling is 'an unprecedented intrusion by the federal courts into how states run elections.' It is the unwarranted and unprecedented attack on our citizens' voting rights by Mr. Husted and members of the Ohio legislature that made the court's review and ruling absolutely necessary. "
"In 2008, an estimated 93,000 Ohioans voted during the final three days before the election. Two respected studies have shown eliminating these hours would disproportionately impact targeted populations, particularly minorities," said Congresswoman Fudge. "It's outrageous that in 2012 and with just four weeks until the election, Ohio still lacks clear guidelines to implement the last 72 hours of early voting to which our citizens are entitled. Stop wasting time Mr. Husted, and do the right thing. Implement a schedule for the last weekend of voting to avoid further confusion for our voters."