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Congress taking over elections would bring chaos to state election systems

In last year’s election, nearly 6 million Ohioans cast a ballot shattering our state’s all-time record for voter turn-out.

But that wasn’t all — 74% of registered voters cast a ballot, breaking another record. Early and absentee voting increased by 75% compared to 2016, and 94% of all absentee ballots were returned — all smashing previous state records.

All of this in the middle of a crippling global pandemic with a toxic political environment, pervasive election disinformation, widespread civil unrest and uncertainty like we’ve never seen. In Ohio’s 218 years of statehood, it has never been more challenging to run an election than it was last year.

And yet, by every quantifiable metric, Ohio’s November 2020 election was the most successful on record.


…the legislation imposes significant and costly requirements in an effort to force every state to change their voting system into the form chosen by Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer. Remember, each state election system is unique — shaped by time and trusted by their respective voters. Forcing uniform standards, procedures, and expectations into state election systems — some far different than others and not built for those requirements, is like forcing a square peg into a round hole. It won’t work. Instituting massive change will bring chaos, and that chaos would bring with it the worst-case scenario — a loss of confidence by the people in the results of those elections.

Join me in telling Congress to do the right thing: Keep Washington, D.C., out of state elections administration and vote against HR 1.

Read more about Congress taking over elections in the Washington Times.

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