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On Sunday, the Akron Beacon Journal released an Op Ed from Former Congressman and Ohio businessman Jim Renacci, calling for an end of Ohio’s vote-raiding open primary system.

[It’s] called primary “raiding,” and it’s no way to run elections. It’s far past time for the Ohio Legislature and the secretary of state to protect Ohio’s primary process and close party primaries to only voters affiliated with that party. Allowing this to happen doesn’t just undermine the integrity of our country’s nominating process. It also denies America’s great political parties the ability to vet and vote for their own standard-bearers, for president on down to local offices, free from disruptive outside influencers with their own ideological agendas,” said Renacci.

He continued, “Both existing law and past precedent make it clear that Ohio was never intended to be an “open primary” state. The law can be difficult to enforce, but the path to fix it is clear: update Ohio’s voter registration system to make it possible for voters to register with or change parties year-round, then put a registration deadline in place in order for a voter to participate in a party’s primary.

Major swing states such as Florida and Pennsylvania require a voter to register with a party at least a month before the primary in order to vote for that party’s primary candidates. There’s no reason Ohio can’t operate under a similar system. The decision to be a Republican or Democrat should be a conscious decision determined in advance, not a political decision made on election day to manipulate results.

Renacci is calling for an end to this major flaw in voter integrity in Ohio and is asking the Ohio Legislature and Secretary of state to act to protect the vote of millions of voters in Ohio

You can read the entire article here:   https://bit.ly/3TKtH8S

Author: Press Release


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