News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Meaden & Moore

Wayside Furniture

Hennes Paynter Communications


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us


Attorney General hopeful focusing on voting rights
Democratic candidate for Attorney General David Pepper is calling for a special unit to investigate reports of voter intimidation, suppression or fraud.
Story by NICK CASTELE


 

The Democratic candidate for Ohio Attorney General says if elected this November, he’ll make voting rights a key priority of his office. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Nick Castele reports.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:31)


Attorney General candidate David Pepper says he’d create a unit within the attorney general’s Civil Rights Division to investigate reports of voter intimidation, suppression or fraud. He says he’d also inform legislators if a bill created voting restrictions he found to be unconstitutional.

And he says if the general assembly passes new voting rules laws he concludes are unconstitutional, he’ll file a court brief saying so—and he says in some cases he may decline to defend them in court.

“If the legislature is violating the constitutional rights of your citizens, the attorney general doesn’t simply blindly defend constitutional violations," Pepper said. "The attorney general as a separate officeholder has the duty to speak out on behalf of citizens’ constitutional rights.”

Current Attorney General Mike DeWine agrees he can speak out against laws he finds unconstitutional. But he says it’s the AG’s job to defend state law.

“You always have an obligation to defend the state," DeWine said. "What we did in one particular case where we felt that the law was unconstitutional, clearly unconstitutional, my office still defended that case.”

That case involved a law against false elections advertising. While his office defended the law, DeWine also filed a friend-of-the-court brief questioning its constitutionality.

Pepper says he’d have done the same thing with laws limiting early voting hours in 2012, and changing ballot access rules for third parties.

DeWine’s office helped defend those, but didn’t protest their constitutionality, and judges later blocked them – though DeWine has appealed the ruling on third parties.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook



Stories with Recent Comments

Cuyahoga Valley National Park OK's sharpshooters to thin deer herds
In this article you mention that the Mule Deer Foundation is a "hunting group" in reality the Mule Deer Foundation is a conservation group that is over 25 years...

Clarence Bozeman: In the driver's seat of history
I believe he was a teacher of mine as James Ford Rhodes. My favorite teacher of all time! Loved learning this part of his amazing history.

Cleveland RTA is moving Public Square bus stops beginning this week
I am very confused. Why are you taking one or more of the park and ride 246 out of service in the morning. I looking over the new schedule I see that there ar...

Canton school board will vote Wednesday on its high school merger
Great to see that THE REPOSITORY is advising a 'no' vote for now! Another point, besides all the Very accurate points already made against this move is the fac...

Some parents opting their students out of Common Core test
I am an 8th grader at a school in Allen County. I have just recently taken the ELA performance based assessment and found it extremely difficult. It asked me a ...

Fallout from the Ohio Supreme Court Munroe Falls ruling
The comment by Nathan Johnson from OEC is confusing. Instead of cities being 'emboldened' to craft zoning laws that were just stricken down by this ruling, comm...

Stopping sediment dumping in Lake Erie
Ah, yes, the Army Coro of Engineers, the geniuses that designed the levee system in New Orleans that has made the flooding worse due to no sediment reaching the...

Ohio charter school critic says reform bills are a good step
The cold truth is that these charter schools are offering services beyond the what the state tests can guage. Parents and students have a choice and they are ch...

State law trumps restrictions on oil and gas drilling in Munroe Falls
Justice O'Neill's quote brings up a point I wish WKSU would address: since, unlike for Federal judges, our judges here in Ohio are elected, and therefore respo...

Ohio Supreme Court invalidates local fracking bans
If Ohio has their way, Fracking Wells will be planted in the courtyard of every town. That is if the State of Ohio can profit by it...for more on how the court ...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University