“For too long, politicians in the Ohio Statehouse have been controlled by special interests, lobbyists and secret campaign contributions. It has corrupted our elections, rigged our government and hurt our economy. With no accountability, all the benefits flow to the wealthy, and working Ohioans truly pay the price. Hardworking Ohioans deserve state leaders that will put their needs front and center. It’s clear we need new leadership in Columbus.”
As Secretary of State, Kathleen will bring accountability and transparency to our government and put middle class and hardworking Ohioans first. Kathleen will secure elections from growing cyber threats, help welcome more businesses to Ohio and close secret money loopholes for special interests. She will stand up for the fundamental right to vote, and end the partisan gerrymandering that lets corrupt politicians rig the system. Find out more here:
On the issue of securing Ohio’s elections from ongoing cyber threats, Kathleen has already proposed a set of bills in the state legislature that would create the position of cybersecurity director in the secretary of state’s office alongside a bipartisan advisory council of election officials, voting advocates, and cybersecurity experts. She has also proposed moving all county elections systems to include voter-marked, voter-verified paper ballots, and mandating that post-election audits be conducted in every county.
“The machinery of our American democracy was attacked in 2016, and urgent bipartisan action is needed to protect our voting systems,” Clyde said. “At this crucial time, we need to invest in the strength of our democracy by upgrading to voting machines and systems that will allow us to conduct secure elections that can withstand foreign attack.”
With regard to small businesses, Kathleen wants to foster a more business-friendly environment in Ohio, modernizing the tools available through the Secretary of State’s office to allow both small and large businesses to thrive.
Kathleen will streamline our online business filing system and support small business owners. Clyde will work with state leaders to invest in Ohio’s workforce, providing access to quality education, and to provide innovative tools that will help Ohio’s businesses and workers compete.
Big money special interests have far too much influence over our government and it hurts our families and businesses. The lack of disclosure has corrupted our democratic system. We need greater transparency in the system in order to hold our state leaders accountable.
This is why Kathleen is calling to close secret money loopholes, increase transparency, and ban foreign money from campaigns in Ohio.
Kathleen believes that the right to vote is a fundamental freedom. That’s why she has spent her entire career fighting for fair elections. Kathleen has introduced automatic voter registration legislation that will ensure Ohioans are added to the rolls when they do everyday things like get a driver’s license, seek disability services, or simply turn eighteen. She also fought hard to restore the busiest days of early voting and extend early voting days and hours, so working Ohioans have every opportunity to cast their vote. As Secretary of State, Kathleen will ensure every Ohioan’s voice is heard at the ballot box and every vote is counted.
For decades now Ohio voters have been cheated by some of the most gerrymandered districts in the country, where the system is rigged so politicians pick their voters instead of the other way around. As Secretary of State, Kathleen will stop gerrymandering and she will bring fair districts back to Ohio.