FRANKLIN CO., Ohio (WCMH)- Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Frye ruled against the Secretary of State in the case of a lawsuit filed by a national voting rights organization on behalf of nine 17-year-old plaintiffs.
The group is suing Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted over his decision to stop allowing 17-year-olds, who turn 18 before the election, to vote in the primaries.
In December the state’s chief elections official issued an update saying 17-year-old voters are not allowed to vote for presidential delegates, because delegates are elected, not nominated.
A statement has been issued from the office of Jon Husted.
“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.”
“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.”
“No matter the outcome of these disputes, I want 17-year-olds to know that they are eligible to vote on certain races and they should exercise that right.”