Judge Rules 17-Year-Olds Can Vote in Ohio

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Four days before primary election, with early voting already started, one judge suddenly changes the “rules”.

Ohio is a pivotal winner-take-all state, with the primary election coming up Tuesday, March 15th.   If allowed to stand, this new law announced by an Ohio judge on Friday, can have a major impact on the election, both in Ohio and nationwide.  

It is also important to note that leftist billionaire George Soros has contributed $5 MIL to a Democratic-led legal campaign to contest restrictive voting laws in states like Ohio, Wisconsin, and North Carolina.

From THE HILL:  An Ohio judge has granted teenagers who will turn 18 before Election Day the right to vote in the state’s presidential primary elections in a new decision that could boost Bernie Sanders’s chances in the state on Tuesday.

[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Filed along with six 17-year-old voters, Sanders’ lawsuit called Husted’s sudden decision an “unconstitutional attempt to block young voters from casting ballots.”   “It is an outrage that the secretary of state in Ohio is going out of his way to keep young people — significantly African-American young people, Latino young people — from participating,” Sanders said.  (via Think Progress)[/pullquote]

Sanders’s team sued to change the state law, but a judge decided Friday on a different state-level case that effectively provided the same outcome.   The Vermont senator’s White House campaign has been boosted by strong support from younger voters, so the decision could prove important in the crucial state of Ohio, which has 143 delegates up for grabs.

Ohio had barred 17-year-olds from voting on primary day regardless of if they would be eligible for the general election.  But the timing of the decision, just days before the Tuesday primary, could dampen any potential gains.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted bashed the ruling in a statement released after the decision.  “This last minute legislating from the bench on election law has to stop. Our system cannot give one county court the power to change 30 years of election law for the entire state of Ohio, 23 days into early voting and only four days before an election,” he said. “

We will appeal this decision because if there is a close election on Tuesday we need clarity from the Supreme Court to make sure that ineligible voters don’t determine the outcome of an election.” His statement added that 17-year olds are eligible to vote in other local elections.    

(Via The Hill)

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