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Ohio Secretary of State: 'Make it Easier to Vote, Harder to Cheat'

Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 11:25 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Ohio Secretary of State John Husted said Wednesday he has a "simple philosophy" when it comes to overseeing elections.

"Make it easy to vote and hard to cheat," the Republican said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends."

"If you cheat, it's really not worth it. We're going to catch you and hold you accountable," he added.

Husted, who previously served in the Ohio state Senate and was speaker of the state House, came under heavy fire last year for issuing a directive that shut down early voting hours leading up to the Nov. 6 election.

He was forced to back off, however, when the Obama campaign and other groups sued to have is order overturned and a federal court judge ordered him to appear in person. At the time, he denied claims that his order would make it harder for low-income and minority voters to cast ballots in one of the most crucial battleground states in the country, calling it a "misimpression" that his directive was aimed at suppressing votes, according to The Huffington Post.

On Wednesday, Husted said his office had actually worked to clean up voter rolls prior to the 2012 presidential election and had investigated claims of voter suppression wherever they popped up.

"We removed over 240,000 deceased voters from the rolls, in anticipation of the presidential campaign in 2012. When you're secretary of state of a swing state, you're under all this scrutiny," he said.

Husted said his office also worked to make it easier for the military to vote. while investigating claims of voter fraud and suppression.

"I asked all 88 county boards of elections in the state to do a review, top to bottom, of all substantiated claims of fraud and suppression. And what we came up with were around 270 cases of alleged fraud or irregularity. Zero cases of suppression," he added.

During his appearance, Husted also touted the leadership of Republican Gov. John Kasich.

"We've cut taxes in the state of Ohio and made it more business-friendly. We're seeing results. We had about 150,000 jobs created since the Republicans took control," he said.

"We're putting people back to work in our state. It's great place to do business. If you're looking to expand, Ohio is the place to be."

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