Kaptur Statement After Republican Run Ohio Controlling Board Rejects Proposal For Prepaid Postage For Voters

September 14, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement after the Republican majority on the Ohio Controlling Board rejected a proposal to provide prepaid postage to voters casting a ballot from home. On September 8, Rep. Kaptur sent a joint letter with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) calling on the Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose to provide prepaid postage to voters who request mail-in ballots, a measure that is well within his authority without additional action from the Ohio state legislature.  


“Ohio’s Republican run Controlling Board’s rejection of a measure to make it easier and safer for Ohioans to vote during a global pandemic, which has already killed thousands of people in the Buckeye State, is as out of touch as one might expect.” said Rep. Kaptur. “The fact that Republicans rejected the proposal during a Zoom meeting is painfully ironic. It is incumbent upon us to break down barriers to voting so that every Ohioan who wants to cast a ballot can do so. Cost must never be a barrier for a person to exercise their Constitutionally protected right to vote. I will never stop fighting for fairer and safer elections.”