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Statement from Secretary Husted on DHS reauthorization, potential elections amendments

COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted has joined chief elections officials from across the country in opposing certain provisions related to elections administration currently being considered for inclusion in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reauthorization bill (HR 2825). Those concerns have been outlined in a letter(opens in a new window) co-signed by multiple secretaries of state. The following may be directly attributed to Secretary Husted:

“The fact that the U.S. Senate would even consider enacting a law that would allow a President to place Secret Service agents in polling places is shocking. The frightening irony is that in creating additional safeguards to prevent Russian meddling in American elections, these Senators would open the door to unprecedented federal intrusion that could lead to an American election system that looks more like Putin’s Russia.

“We have and will continue to work with DHS, but much of what is being considered is a dangerous federal overreach. In Ohio, we have made it easy to vote and hard to cheat. This has been made evident year after year through our ability to deliver secure, well run elections in our state. We work closely with federal, state, and local agencies to preserve a high standard of integrity in the voting process. This work should be able to proceed as necessary without any short-sighted interference from the federal government.”

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