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Press Release

February 25, 2021

Contact: Catherine Turcer, Common Cause Ohio: (614) 579-5509

Ohio Voter Rights Coalition Reiterates Support for HR 1: For the People Act

 

Our collective organizations express our disappointment regarding Secretary of State LaRose’s statement about HR 1: For the People Act. This comprehensive package is indeedConstitutional and will greatly improve election administration and voter access for Ohioans. While many provisions in the bill are already Ohio law, HR 1 would secure improvements thatOhio voter advocates have called for for years. 

The For the People Act will serve all Ohio voters by ending partisan gerrymandering, shining alight on dark money, creating greater  transparency in elections, and strengthening ethics laws for government officials. The Act would also modernize voter registration and improve security of the voters rolls by adopting Automatic Voter Registration, which is already a priority for Secretary LaRose, Elections Officials and voter advocates, but the General Assembly has failed to take action.

Ohio currently finds itself drowning in numerous dark money scandals, has some of the most
gerrymandered districts, suffers under outdated voter registration systems, and endures
constant onslaughts to voter access from the General Assembly. There is no better time for HR
1 to become law.

Catherine Turcer: (614) 579-5509, CTurcer@commoncause.org
Jen Miller: (614) 563-9543, director@lwvohio.org
Kayla Griffin: (330) 402-2427, kayla@allvotingislocal.org