Secretary of State Jon Husted on Tuesday criticized his Republican colleagues in the legislature for threatening to slash state funding to Cuyahoga County if the county proceeds with plans to mail absentee ballot applications to voters. At the same time, Husted said that there’s no reason for Cuyahoga County to mail absentee ballot applications to all county voters, as his office is already planning to do that statewide this fall. “It’s time for everybody to take a deep breath and act like reasonable adults,” Husted said in an interview Tuesday.
The Cuyahoga County Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on legislation brought by County Executive and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald to send out unsolicited early voting applications and addressed envelopes with pre-paid postage to every registered voter.
The legislation conflicts with a newly passed state law, backed by Republicans, giving that power only to Husted’s office.