At the last minute, Ohio’s ingenious SoS sets up a new hurdle for provisional voters

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From: Rep. Mike Foley and Nina Hart <>
Date: Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 1:13 PM
Subject: Last-minute voter suppression in Ohio

Below is an email from Ohio State Representative Mike Foley and Cleveland native Nina Hart. Rep. Foley and Nina started a petition on, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition.

Dear MoveOn member,

In a last-minute directive issued Friday night that could disenfranchise thousands of Ohioans and tip the outcome of the election, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted changed requirements for submitting provisional ballots on Election Day.

The directive requires voters, not election officials, to fill out a confusing form listing the type of ID they provided to vote. This new directive is a clear violation of Ohio law and puts even more votes at risk of not being counted. Secretary Husted even instructed election officials to not count ballots where that part of the form has not been correctly filled out by a voter.

An emergency motion to halt the directive has been filed in federal court by voting rights activists, but to get fast action we need to show that people across the country are outraged.

Click here to sign my petition to urge Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to stop this last-minute attempt to disenfranchise Ohio voters.


–Ohio State Rep. Mike Foley and Cleveland native Nina Hart

This petition was created on, the progressive, nonprofit petition site. Rep. Foley didn’t pay us to send this email—we never rent or sell the list.

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