Judge rules that 17-year-olds can vote in Ohio presidential primary

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Gee, I wonder why Bernie Sanders would be in on this? Why would a teenager vote for a 74-year-old socialist? Let me take a wild guess…
bernie sanders free stuff
From the AP: A judge on Friday granted a request to let 17-year-olds vote in the swing state’s presidential primary just days before the election.
Ohio allows 17-year-olds who will be 18 before the fall election to vote in Tuesday’s primary, with some exceptions. Young Ohio voters can decide on congressional, legislative and mayoral contenders, but they can’t vote on ballot issues or candidates for a political party’s governing body.

Whether the teens can vote in the presidential primary race had been under dispute in the perennial battleground state. The state’s Republican elections chief, Secretary of State Jon Husted, had said Ohio’s rules and constitution didn’t permit it.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

On Friday, after the judge’s ruling, Husted said, “This last minute legislating from the bench on election law has to stop.” He vowed to appeal. “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,” Husted said.

Nine 17-year-old registered voters in central Ohio had sued him in state court over his interpretation. At issue was a distinction between “elect” and “nominate.” A manual for elections officials issued last year by Husted said 17-year-olds can vote “solely on the nomination of candidates” — and not in the presidential primary “because delegates are elected and not nominated.”

But the delegates aren’t assuming any office, said the teen’s attorney, Rachel Bloomekatz. They serve as the voters’ surrogates at a party’s nominating convention. Plus, the names of delegates corresponding to each presidential candidate do not appear on the primary ballot. Presidential candidates earn their party’s nomination by collecting a majority of the delegates awarded in primaries and caucuses.

Husted argued Ohio has operated under the same rules for 17-year-olds in past primaries. The teens claimed Husted is violating their voting rights. They asked Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Frye to issue an emergency order blocking Husted’s instructions that forbid them to vote in the presidential primary, which he granted Friday. Early voting has been underway in for weeks in Ohio.

Chad Readler, an attorney for Husted, told Frye at a Thursday hearing that changing the rules would create “mass confusion” at the boards, though Bloomekatz argued the instructions could be simple: Count the votes.

Separately, Democrat Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has filed a federal lawsuit over the limitations. A federal judge earlier Friday temporarily halted the lawsuit, saying the court would abstain from a decision in the case until the state court ruled on the similar lawsuit.

At least 20 other states allow 17-year-olds to vote in presidential primaries or caucuses, though rules sometimes vary based on political party, according to FairVote, an organization that tracks electoral issues.


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0 responses to “Judge rules that 17-year-olds can vote in Ohio presidential primary

  1. The liberals/communists are mocking America and her election process. They must be so desperate to have Kasich win knowing Trump is winning in the polls. The world’s laughing at us. I’m still having a difficult time believing we’ve lowered our thoughts and actions into a pit of hell.

  2. Pingback: Judge rules that 17-year-olds can vote in Ohio presidential primary | kommonsentsjane

  3. How typical of the Demo-Socialists;when they can’t win fairly,they just change the rules/laws to favor them. We see it time and time again.

  4. Wow! Since when did some judge receive the authority to make a proclamation like this?

  5. Kevin J Lankford

    Just how stupid will they get. Dang! I know 30, 40, 50 year old adults who are not informed enough that they should be allowed to vote. Foot, registering as a democrat should be an automatic disqualifier.
    There should definitely be some education standard, with mandatory Constitutional classes a part of public education, along with absolute proof of citizenship.

  6. A truer image of the real Sanders would be capturing his uncanny likeness to the Child Catcher in Chatty Chitty Bang Bang, luring gullible children to the dungeon with lollipops.

  7. It is a sad day when supposedly college educated “kids” will blindly follow a dried up old hippy, that was a draft dodger, arrested while demonstrating, that lived off his parents and the gov. Until he had his first paying job at age 40.
    And they hold him in high esteem, good grief. Parents, wake up, you are growing a generation of “kids” that have been so coddled and pampered and rewarded for things they never accomplished that think they deserve the world without putting elbow grease into it. Is this the best you can do folks? It is okay to let your “kid” fail and have to pick himself up again.
    I guess, this is where we fight fire with fire and all Republican Trump voters, get your 17 year olds out there and have them vote also.
    We now live in a lawless country while totally ignoring our Constitution.
    Did you ever think you would live to see such a country?

  8. Most 17 year olds couldn’t find their way out of a closet!

  9. They should never change the rules during an election year, period. Reeks of fraud, no surprise


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