Jon Husted the Vote Fraud Enabler Goes Directly Against Bill Kevin DeWine Sponsored (Update: And Which He Outspokenly Supported)
Dead on, from Mary Kissel at the WSJ’s Political Diary (HT to an emailer):
Ohio’s Pro-Fraud Republican
Jon Husted, a Republican secretary of state, has gubernatorial ambitions.
… it’s somewhat surprising to see a Republican secretary of state, Ohio’s Jon Husted, effectively kill a nascent voter ID law before it was put to a vote in the Republican-controlled state Senate. (The Republican-controlled House passed the bill earlier this year.) House Speaker William G. Batchelder explained to the Columbus Dispatch last week that “there’s a limit to the amount of times you want to run your head into a wall” and said, “we’ll probably not see” the bill again.
Mr. Husted explained to the same newspaper in June that he’s taking a stand on principle, and is trying to be “fair and even-handed.” That’s one way to put it. Our sources tell Political Diary that Mr. Husted has gubernatorial ambitions. Ohio’s editorial boards are notoriously left-leaning and have lauded the Republican for his anti-conservative stance on voter ID, as have Ohio Democrats. If that’s the kind of support Mr. Husted is seeking, perhaps he’s in the wrong party.
The last sentence doesn’t need a “perhaps,” and I hope Kevin DeWine and the folks at ORPINO (the Ohio Republican Party In Name Only) are enjoying the egg in their faces.
And don’t try to pretend that you’re okay with this, Kevin. A dig into the news archives to a blog referencing a no longer available Cincinnati Enquirer item from early October 2006 says otherwise:
Ohio: group to challenge voter I.D. law; secretary of state distributes inaccurate information on I.D.
… Valid photo IDs the state legislature envisioned are issued by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles: a driver’s license or state-issued ID for those who don’t drive.
The second “proof of identity” in the secretary’s brochure and advisory to the county boards of election reads: “Military identification.”
State Sen. Steve Stivers, R-Columbus, an Ohio National Guardsman and a veteran of the war in Iraq, says he made a mistake while lobbying to include military identification, because it does not include an address.
All proof of identity required for voting purposes must have an address, according to the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Kevin DeWine, R-Fairborn.
So Jon-Boy Husted has gone directly against a bill now-ORPINO Chairman Kevin DeWine SPONSORED (not just supported or endorsed) when he was in the legislature. If the matter weren’t so important to the integrity of elections, I’d be on the floor laughing.
Two choices, Kevin:
- You’ve been played by your best bud.
- You never really believed in voter ID either, but thought it was a way to push your political career forward.
Kevin, you know how to find me if you ever want to tell me which one it is.
The state Republican Party is in the best of hands. (/sarc)
I’ll be bringing this up on the TIB Radio Show tonight, as I’ll be accessing the awesome mind of Matt Hurley in hopes of determining how Jon-Boy Husted might have voted on Kevin DeWine’s bill five years ago.
UPDATE: Actually, thanks to the handy-dandy library database, this doesn’t have to wait for the TIB show.
Here’s the long-gone Cincinnati Post, in full (for fair use and discussion purposes), on February 1, 2006, exposing Husted not only as a supporter of voter-ID, but an outspoken one (Update, Aug. 7: Here is the article as saved from Proquest, for those who doubt its origins; it looks to have been an AP write-up for which credit wasn’t given until the end):
Taft signs voting changes into law
Ohioans who go to the voting booth in November for the first time must also present identification proving who they are.
The final version of an election reform bill that Gov. Bob Taft signed into law Tuesday requires voters to provide a driver’s license, utility bill or other identification before casting a ballot. Current law, effective through the May primary, calls for a voter to say name and address and sign the poll book next to an image of his or her signature.
Taft’s signature came within hours of the measure passing both the GOP-dominated House and Senate along party lines. Democrats argued that the ID requirements will make it harder for seniors, the poor and disabled to vote.
Tuesday was the deadline for the bill to pass so that some provisions required by federal law would take effect in time for the May 2 primary. Most other changes, including voter ID, were put off until June.
“We didn’t want to have one set of rules leading up to the election and another set of rules go into effect on the day of the election,” said Rep. Kevin DeWine, the Dayton-area Republican who sponsored the bill.
DeWine and Speaker Jon Husted, also from suburban Dayton (uh, not really — Ed.), said they expect voters won’t experience problems at the polls but will instead have more confidence in election security. New federal elections law requires ID for first-time voters who register by mail, they said, so Ohio is extending that to all voters.
“The integrity of the system is more important than voter convenience,” DeWine said.
Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell believes poll workers will be trained in time and lines won’t be longer, spokesman Carlo LoParo said.
Both House and Senate Democrats vehemently opposed the bill ever since the Senate added the ID requirements, saying it would make it harder for people to vote. Some House Democrats accused Republicans of grasping to stay in power now that ethics troubles have ensnared some GOP officeholders, giving Democrats hope to break a 14-year slump in statewide elections.
“They’re saying we want fairness and honesty in the process when the fact is they want to retain power,” said Rep. Steve Driehaus, a Cincinnati Democrat. “There is no way a bill that fundamentally impacts the electoral process should be dictated by one party.”
Husted accused Democrats of playing partisan politics.
“We want to reform the system they want to complain about it,” he said. “We want to stop the cheating, they want to keep the loopholes alive.”
Neither side has produced data to support either allegation — that there is widespread voter fraud or that ID requirements suppress the vote.
Ohio election requirements
Some highlights of the election changes:
- Voters must show identification at the polls to cast a regular ballot. Accepted forms include a current driver’s license (even if the address has changed), military ID, passport, utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck, and other government documents with name and address.
- Those who don’t have ID may cast a provisional ballot, which is set aside and counted only after elections officials verify the person is a registered voter.
- Elections officials must mail notices of elections, polling places and new ID requirements at least 60 days before the August and November elections this year and 2008 primary and general elections.
- The attorney general and secretary of state may not act as treasurer or in an official capacity for ballot initiatives.
File under: “Words fail.”