Coincidentally, Husted, originally from Kettering, once speaker of Ohio’s House, is running for lieutenant governor as running mate of GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine, Ohio’s attorney general. Other Republicans running for governor: Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, of suburban Akron, and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, of Wadsworth, whose running mate is Cincinnati City Council member Amy Murray.
Democrats have periodically griped about Republican Husted’s stewardship of elections. That’s what an opposition party is supposed to do. But with the usual ifs, ands and buts, it’s hard to argue Ohio isn’t more voter-friendly than it was, thanks to Husted’s advocacy and thanks to (some, not all) changes the legislature’s passed, especially “no fault” absentee voting.
Absentee voting, combined with the opportunity Ohioans have had since Jan. 1, 2017, to register online to vote, mean registration and voting absentee are comparatively simple. Husted’s statement said that since online registration took effect, “more than 8,300 Ohioans have (done so) and more than 492,000 Ohio voters have updated their information via the internet.”
So, yes, as in Newport News – that Virginia contest – as in Ohio: Twenty-nine of those 141 tied or one-vote-margin Ohio races and issues that Husted cited were held in 2017. What’s more, some of last century’s Ohio presidential contests were squeaky-narrow. Harry Truman carried Ohio by about 7,100 votes in 1948. Jimmy Carter carried Ohio by about 11,000 votes in 1976.
True — voter or non-voter, an Ohioan, like a Cleveland Browns fan, has a lifetime right to gripe about the cards he or she’s been dealt. Difference: The fan can’t pick another dealer. The voter can.