Ohio Secretary of State doesn’t want uninvited feds overseeing elections

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted voiced his objections to the Department of Homeland Security’s unilateral decision last Friday to designate state election systems as “critical infrastructure” at the Ohio Election Association Officials conference this week, saying he’s concerned that DHS is unwilling to put into writing that they won’t intervene in any state’s election without the state’s consent.

“Whether it’s a Homeland Security secretary appointed under President Obama or one appointed under President Trump, I don’t want the federal government to have authority to invite themselves into our elections process in Ohio or any other state without our permission,” Husted said, followed to applause.

 

The National Association of Secretaries of State conference in February will focus on clarifying the issue, Husted said. If the department continues to evade a written statement and will not remove the designation, the NASS will ask Congress to clarify in law that Homeland Security cannot intervene in state elections without consent.