Secretary of state race: Candidates pledge to ensure fair elections, civility

Tue, 2018-09-11

The two major party candidates running for Ohio secretary of state agree on many voter-related issues, and both say the state’s chief elections officer needs to rise above partisan debate and help restore civility in politics.

Democratic state Rep. Kathleen Clyde and Republican state Sen. Frank LaRose concur that gerrymandering of legislative boundaries, lack of transparency in how campaigns are financed, and hyper partisanship have all undermined voters’ faith in the democratic process.

Both say the secretary of state’s job is to avoid the political sniping and ensure elections are fair for all voters.

But they disagree about what’s the problem. Republicans like to complain about voter fraud and Democrats allege voter suppression.