ResponsibleOhio’s voter registration forms are coming under scrutiny for irregularities based on orders from Ohio’s Secretary of State, John Husted (R).
Ohio’s Secretary of State Issues Advisory on ResponsibleOhio Submitted Voter Registration Forms
Sec. Husted has ordered Ohio’s all 88 county election boards to closely examine voter registration forms submitted by The Strategy Network, the group handling the signature drive for ResponsibleOhio’s marijuana legalization effort. The Secretary’s advised that reports from some election boards noted “higher error rates” and “apparent fraudulent registration attempts”. Some of the irregularities included “non-existent addresses, illegible signatures, duplicate applications from the same address and underage registrants”.
Secretary Husted is quoted as saying in a release:
“Disregard for Ohio’s laws and Ohio’s citizens will not be tolerated”
“Sloppiness and fraud are unwelcome in our state’s elections system”
Husted further noted that the warning was merely part of his job to ensure fair and safe elections as Ohio’s chief of elections.
ResponsibleOhio Responds To Secretary Husted’s Warning
ResponsibleOhio’s Directory Ian James is quoted as saying:
“We met with the secretary of state’s office some weeks ago and went over the process of voter registration, what we were doing, the procedures we were using, and there was no indication of any problems whatsoever”
“So we’re somewhat flummoxed today by this announcement of some issue, when in fact we were fully compliant with Ohio election laws on voter registration”
Controversy and “Anti-Monopoly” Amendment Springs Up Around ResponsibleOhio’s Marijuana Legalization Effort
ResponsibleOhio’s ballot initiative would legalize both medical and recreational marijuana. The issue that is creating controversy relates to the proposed network of grow locations that would be controlled by ResponsibleOhio’s financial backers. Some have argued that ResponsibleOhio’s proposed amendment would create a marijuana monopoly in the state, with state lawmakers planning to place an amendment on the ballot that would “prohibit people or groups from creating monopolies or advancing their economic special interests”.
The number of votes received by each amendment would dictate which prevails, but the “anti-monopoly” amendment seems like a direct shot at ResponsibleOhio’s plans to realize a return on their “investment” to bring legal marijuana to Ohio.