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Responses to Questions - Secretary of State

CANDIDATE KATHLEEN CLYDE

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Candidate: KATHLEEN CLYDE

Political Party: Democrat
Website: http://KathleenClyde.com
Occupation: Ohio State Representative
Education: BA from Wesleyan University JD from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Training and Experience:
Currently serving fourth term in the Ohio House of Representatives. Served as an election official with the Franklin County Board of Elections. Served as a law clerk for the Ohio Secretary of State and the Ohio Senate.

How would you promote equitable, ample ballot access and registration for all eligible voters?
Ensuring access to the ballot box is critical to the health of our democracy. The best way to do this is by modernizing our outdated registration process. That's why I introduced Automatic Voter Registration, a plan to automatically register and update the info of every eligible Ohio voter when they do the things they already do every day, like renew a driver's license or apply for benefits. In fact, more than half of Americans live in states with AVR. It's efficient, saves money and has actually proven to increase turnout.

How will you champion voter roll maintenance procedures that proactively include vulnerable and historically underrepresented populations?
While it's important to keep our voter rolls up-to-date, it's also imperative that we do what we can to ensure our vulnerable, underrepresented and less politically active populations have the tools they need to exercise their most fundamental right. I'll continue removing voters ineligible under Ohio law, but act to reverse Ohio's aggressive supplemental purge process that cancels the rights of eligible Ohio voters. With automatic registration, we'll be able to update our rolls in real time, saving money on costly, inefficient mailings and, most importantly, keeping eligible Ohioans up-to-date and on the rolls.

What would you do to improve voter turnout in primary and general elections in Ohio?
Voters come to the polls when they feel something real is at stake. In a system where rigged districts silence the voice of the people, many voters feel their voice no longer matters. Bringing fair districts back to Ohio will go a long way to energizing voters to get out to the polls. In addition to unrigging the system, we also need to modernize it to make it more accessible--that begins with getting more people registered. My Automatic Voter Registration and Future Voter Act will make this process easier for eligible Ohioans, and, in turn, increase voter turnout.

How will you support local Boards of Elections with the training, guidance, and resources necessary to ensure that elections are secure, reliable, fair, and accessible?
I have a comprehensive plan to ensure our elections are fair, secure, transparent and accessible. That begins with modernizing the office. Many of our systems are operating with technology from more than a decade ago. Data sharing under my Automatic Voter Registration plan would cut down on paperwork and make our Boards of Elections run more efficiently. Finally, I introduced a comprehensive cybersecurity plan which would increase security in all 88 counties and prepare our state for the next wave of cyber threats. It's all about modernizing the office so it works better for you, the voter.

How will you faithfully execute redistricting reforms overwhelmingly passed by voters for statehouse and congressional map making?
Better representation begins with fair districts. I've been pushing for redistricting reform throughout my time in office, working with the League and other advocates behind the scenes and publicly in recent years to fight for fair districts. I'll continue that important work as Secretary of State. Ohio is a diverse state, and our districts should reflect that. It's critically important that we keep the process open to the public so that they have a voice in their representation. In the end, we need a process that, for the first time in a long time, truly puts Ohioans before partisanship.



CANDIDATE FRANK LAROSE

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Candidate: FRANK LAROSE

Political Party: Republican
Website: http://www.FrankLaRose.com
Occupation: State Senator
Education: Graduate of Copley High School in Summit County and The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Affairs and a Minor in Business Administration.

Training and Experience:
United States Army Veteran (10 years), State Senator (7 years), Eagle Scout.

How would you promote equitable, ample ballot access and registration for all eligible voters?
Ohio has among the most generous early and absentee voting in the country. That's a good thing, and we must maintain our position as a national leader.
I've championed several pieces of legislation that make it easier for citizens to register and vote. Those bills include online voter registration which allows Ohioans to securely register using a computer or smartphone, and legislation that will allow people to request absentee ballots online. I have opposed efforts by some to make it harder for Ohioans to vote, and have supported maintaining convenient weekend options for early in-person voting. Additionally, I'm working to create "automated voter registration," so that people can automatically register to vote when they interact with state agencies, such as the BMV.
As Secretary of State, I'll continue working in a bipartisan fashion to get automated voter registration passed, and to move the ball forward in other areas in order to ensure we continue to be a voter-friendly state.

How will you champion voter roll maintenance procedures that proactively include vulnerable and historically underrepresented populations?
Ohio law requires the Secretary of State to maintain accurate voter rolls. We also have a responsibility to ensure we aren't removing eligible voters. Every Secretary of State for the last twenty years has followed nearly the same process for maintaining the rolls, but I believe we can improve our process.
First, we should encourage participation so voters don't go years without voting. Competitive elections are one of the clearest ways to increase participation, which is why I'm passionate about redistricting reform. We can also do more to educate voters, especially young voters, so they understand the importance of participating.
Finally, we should make it easier for eligible citizens to get and stay registered, and keep their registration up-to-date. My online voter registration bill does this. I'm also working on a bill to implement "automated voter registration" so people who interact with state government are automatically registered and stay updated, unless they opt-out.

What would you do to improve voter turnout in primary and general elections in Ohio?
I authored Ohio's law that makes it easier to exercise our voting rights by allowing people to use a computer or smartphone to register to vote online (SB 63). Additionally, Ohio voters can easily update their address online. I have also worked to protect Ohioans opportunity to vote early and would continue to advocate that in-person voting begin the day after the close of the voter registration deadline to ensure Ohioans have ample in-person early voting and opportunities for convenient weekend voting hours. As Secretary of State, I will personally work to encourage more civics education and get young people excited about the power they have as a voter.
Voting in Ohio has never been easier, and that's a good thing.
However, we must also acknowledge that while access has improved, we have not seen a corresponding increase in turnout. To increase turnout further, we need to end gerrymandering because we know competitive elections drive turnout.

How will you support local Boards of Elections with the training, guidance, and resources necessary to ensure that elections are secure, reliable, fair, and accessible?
In today's partisan environment one of the under-appreciated success stories is Ohio's bipartisan county Boards of Elections. Every day, Republican and Democratic staff sit side by side and do the work of running our elections. My job as Secretary of State will be to support and advocate for them, which is why I've spent much of my time visiting with county boards across the state.
As a State Senator I've successfully passed legislation to provide funding for electronic poll books and new voting machines that make our elections more secure, convenient, and efficient. I've also worked to create the nation's first "Cyber Reserve" with the National Guard to support our Boards in the case of a cyber attack.
As Secretary of State I'll continue working with the legislature to provide necessary resources for our counties while also updating online resources and creating a more customer-focused experience for elections workers who reach out for advice and assistance. This is a key priority.

How will you faithfully execute redistricting reforms overwhelmingly passed by voters for statehouse and congressional map making?
I've been a proponent of redistricting reform from the beginning, and introduced bipartisan legislation on the issue every year. Issue 1, which has now been overwhelmingly passed by voters, was crafted from language I proposed last March. When I came out as a leading voice for reform during my first months in office it wasn't popular with some in my own party, but I knew it was time for change. Ohio agreed.
I was proud to team-up with the League of Women Voters and thousands of dedicated Ohioans to help pass Issue 1. Now it will be my commitment to faithfully carry out that process in a fair and non-partisan manner on the redistricting commission.
The system we now have is a major step forward, but it is still going to depend on people faithfully executing their duty. I have a history of working across party lines, and I've been a champion of reform for far longer than I've been running for higher office. Voters can trust that I'll work to do what is best for Ohio -- not a party.



CANDIDATE DUSTIN R. NANNA

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Candidate: DUSTIN R. NANNA

Political Party: Libertarian
Website: http://www.nannaforohio.com
Occupation: Homemaker/Personal Care Professional
Education: Graduate of Rutherford B. Hayes High Sch

Training and Experience:
I have spearheaded multiple petition drives here in Ohio and am well versed and familiar with the Ohio Revised Code, specifically when it has to with the electoral process.

How would you promote equitable, ample ballot access and registration for all eligible voters?
Part of my platform is an automatic voter registration system. I would like to see the State automatically register you to vote/update your voting information anytime you give the State enough information to do so. I believe this will add tens if not hundreds of thousands of new eligible voters to the rolls.

How will you champion voter roll maintenance procedures that proactively include vulnerable and historically underrepresented populations?
As mentioned I want automatic voter registration in Ohio. I believe a system like this can keep the rolls clean without having to purge them of potential future voters. Voting is a right for any taxpaying citizen of Ohio and we should be doing our best to add folks to the rolls, not find ways to disqualify them that disproportionately affect minorities.

What would you do to improve voter turnout in primary and general elections in Ohio?
The best way to increase voter turnout is by making sure that everyone is aware of the location of their polls and is given ample time to vote. One method to increase numbers in elections is having polls set up on the Sunday before election night. I have found that from discussions with leaders of urban communities, a lot of folks would vote on this day if it were allowed statewide and as SoS I will work to make it a reality. We should be giving Ohioans more opportunities to vote, not less.

How will you support local Boards of Elections with the training, guidance, and resources necessary to ensure that elections are secure, reliable, fair, and accessible?
This is an area that I think the Secretary of State's office has done well in recently. I would like to continue this success, but I am also always searching for ways to make these trainings and resources better. In fact, if there are any Board of Elections officials that are reading this right now and you have any suggestions about this, I would love to hear from you at Dustin.Nanna@lpo.org.

How will you faithfully execute redistricting reforms overwhelmingly passed by voters for statehouse and congressional map making?
Gerrymandering is a serious issue in Ohio. All one has to do is look at the district maps to see that. Since the Secretary of State sits on the newly created Redistricting Commission, should the legislature fail to provide a suitable District map, I would work tirelessly to make sure that any map recommended by the Committee was fair, and balanced. I have no dog in the Republican vs Democrat fight and I will be a strong independent voice in Columbus.



WRITE-IN CANDIDATE MICHAEL W. BRADLEY

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Candidate: MICHAEL W. BRADLEY

Political Party: Write-In

Candidate has not responded.