While he doesn’t quite share Donald Trump’s sentiment that the election system is “rigged,” Subodh Chandra says the proof is indisputable that thousands of Ohioans have improperly had legitimate votes discarded. And the Cleveland lawyer whose lawsuit against the state is being heard by a federal appeals court panel today contends Ohio’s voting rules discriminate against minorities. “Counties are applying completely different standards, and those standards seem to correlate heavily by race,” he said during a Columbus press conference Wednesday. “Ohio’s secretary of state and the General Assembly have been trying to skew the voting process in favor of voters they believe are friendly to them. And that mostly white voters,” Chandra said. “That is unacceptable under any conceivable interpretation of the Constitution or the Voting Rights Act.”
Matt McClellan, communications director for Secretary of State Jon Husted, returned the fire. “Despite the lies and scare tactics employed by the ‘chicken little’ crowd, the facts are clear, voting in Ohio is easy and fair. We vote for a month in Ohio, they vote for one day in Hillary Clinton’s New York, he should go sue them and stop wasting Ohio tax dollars.”
Chandra won his case in U.S. District Court in Columbus on behalf of homeless voters and the Ohio Democratic Party, days after voter-rights advocates won a separate case in front of another district court judge.
The appeal to the latter case was heard Tuesday by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, while the case involving the homeless gets scrutinized today.