Jon A. Husted

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Not to be confused with John G. W. Husted, Jr..
Jon A. Husted
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Ohio Secretary of State
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 9, 2011
Preceded by Jennifer Brunner
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 6th district
In office
January 5, 2009 – January 9, 2011
Preceded by Peggy Lehner
Succeeded by Peggy Lehner
99th Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives
In office
2005–2009
Preceded by Larry Householder
Succeeded by Armond Budish
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 37th district
In office
2001–2009
Preceded by Don Mottley
Succeeded by Peggy Lehner
Personal details
Born (1967-08-25) August 25, 1967 (age 46)
Royal Oak, Michigan
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Shelly A. Hamilton (divorced)
Tina L. Sheppard
Children Alex (born 1994), Katie, Kylie
Residence Kettering, Ohio
Alma mater University of Dayton (B.S./M.A.)
Profession Public Relations
Religion Roman Catholic

Jon A. Husted (born August 25, 1967) is an American politician of the Republican Party who currently serves as Ohio Secretary of State. Previously, he was a member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 6th district (portions of Montgomery County). He also previously served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009 and Speaker of the House from 2005 to 2009. He was elected Ohio Secretary of State on November 2, 2010, defeating Democratic candidate, Franklin County, Ohio Clerk of Courts Maryellen O'Shaughnessy.

Early life[edit]

Husted was born in the Detroit area in 1967, and subsequently abandoned by his biological parents. He was later adopted and was raised in Montpelier, Ohio.[1] He was a four sport athlete in high school, although he stated he didn't care for books.[1]

Husted was recruited for collegiate football and went on to play cornerback for the University of Dayton team. He said about arriving in Dayton "I had never been anywhere...I thought Dayton was the biggest city going."[1]

He earned All-American Defensive Back honors as a member of the 1989 Division III National Championship football team.[1]

Husted graduated from UD with a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1989 and a Master of Arts degree in communications in 1992.

Political career[edit]

Husted almost took a job coaching football at University of Toledo, but instead chose to work for a congressional campaign after it resulted in a paycheck.[1] He then stayed in the Dayton area and worked for Montgomery County Commissioner Don Lucas and later as Vice-President of Business and Economic Development at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. He ran for state representative in 2000 and won in a five way race. In the Ohio House, Husted teamed up with fellow State Representatives Kevin DeWine and Tom Raga to win the speakership. Claims were made that Husted's rise had a "dark side," as he was aided with assistance from a special interest group who pushed Husted and promised large bonuses and contracts to consultants if he was made speaker.However Husted championed a campaign-finance bill in the Ohio congress that forced more disclosure from issue advocacy groups, like the one that allegedly provided him with assistance.[1]

After serving four terms in the legislature and becoming term limited, in 2008 Husted was elected to the Ohio Senate representing the 6th district. He also served as the co-chair in Ohio for the McCain for President campaign that year.[1] In 2009, he announced his candidacy for Ohio Secretary of State.[2]

On November 2, 2010 Sen. Husted was elected with a strong majority to the office of Ohio Secretary of State, defeating Franklin County, OH Clerk of Courts Maryellen O'Shaughnessy. He is the second former speaker of the Ohio House to be elected Secretary of State, and the first since 1905. He resigned his Senate seat late in 2010 in order to take his new office.[3] In 2013, the Washington Post named Husted to its top 10 "Rising Stars" list.[4]

Military Voting[edit]

In 2011 Jon Husted launched the Military Ready-To-Vote (MRV) program to help Ohio service members Vote. The Columbus Dispatch reported that “Husted's initiative would allow servicemen and women to register to vote and request an absentee ballot for all elections in a calendar year using the same form. They will also be able to track their absentee ballots electronically through an I.D. number and receive election reminders via e-mail or social media sites such as Facebook….’No matter where they are, they're serving in California or Afghanistan, if they're an Ohio resident I want them to have the same access to the ballot as all Ohio voters,’ Husted said” [5] Husted was recognized by the Federal Voting Assistance Program,[6] the Association of the U.S. Army and The Military Voter Protection Project for the efforts to improve military voting.

Absentee Ballots[edit]

In 2012 Jon Husted was the first Secretary of State in Ohio history to send out applications for absentee ballots to all eligible voters. National elections experts noted that Ohio was the only state in the nation to send out absentee ballot applications to all registered voters outside of those states which vote exclusively by mail (currently Washington and Oregon).[7] Ohio saw strong absentee ballot numbers in the 2012 November elections. Husted announced that more Ohioans had voted absentee in 2012 than in any other election since no-fault absentee voting started in Ohio in 2006.[8]

STEM Education[edit]

During Husted’s time as Secretary of State he has encourage the importance of higher education especially in the areas of STEM education. STEM is an acronym referring to the academic education in fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Husted has not only been an advocate for STEM education but has received awards because of his continued commitment to promote STEM learning in the State of Ohio. With this commitment to better the next generation, Husted created the Ohio First Scholarship which since first starting has supplied more than $32 million through funds from Ohio colleges, universities and their business partners and with these funds more than 4,000 participants have been able to receive scholarships for their commitment to pursue higher education. Husted is fully committed to creating a better future through the continuing of higher education.

Criticisms[edit]

A divided local election panel sent the issue to the state, where the Secretary of State's office ultimately cast a vote which broke the tie, deciding that Husted was not a resident of the district he represented, based on utility bills which highlighted his official residence hadn't been used for quite some time.[9] In October 2009, the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision of the Secretary of State, saying that Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner acted "erroneously" and "relied exclusively" on a single portion of the law while completely ignoring the rest, and in doing so made an "irrebuttable presumption" that was not constitutionally permissible.[9][10]

Early voting hours[edit]

Leading up to the 2012 election, Husted cast tie-breaking votes to enable Republicans on county election boards in some Democratic-leaning counties to establish regular office hours for early voting. In some counties more likely to vote for Mitt Romney, Democrats and Republicans on the boards voted to extend hours without the input of Secretary Husted.[11][12]

A day after The New York Times published an editorial pointing out the disparity, Husted delivered a directive that, for the first time in Ohio history, made early voting uniform across all counties.[11] Democrats complained that Husted's uniform hours would disenfranchise urban voters with long lines and curtailed access, while Republicans have stated that the directive provides for ample early voting hours.[12][13][14][15][16]

Husted's directive has been covered by a wide variety of Ohio media. The Akron Beacon Journal [15] said "Jon Husted has leveled the field for early voting hours." The Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote "What Husted has ordered may not completely satisfy anyone, but at least it treats everyone equally" [14] and the Columbus Dispatch said that "Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has struck a fair compromise by standardizing early-voting hours throughout the state." [13]

On August 31, 2012, a federal court granted a preliminary injunction preventing the early voting restrictions of Ohio House Bill 224, which prevented early voting on the last 3 days of the election.[17] Husted announced on September 4 that the state would not comply with a court ruling and allow early voting during the final weekend before the election until an appellate court rules on the matter. "Announcing new hours before the court case reaches final resolution will only serve to confuse voters and conflict with the standard of uniformity," Husted wrote in a memo.[18] However, after he was summoned to appear before a federal judge who had struck down the policy change and questioned his failure to comply with the court order, Husted relented, thus allowing counties to plan for early voting.[19] The case has been appealed to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.[20]

About 93,000 Ohioans voted in the final three days of early voting during the 2008 election. A study by Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates found African-Americans accounted for 56 percent of all in-person early votes in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, while they accounted for 26 percent of the county's votes overall. In Franklin County, which includes Columbus, African-Americans cast 31 percent of early votes and 21 percent of votes overall.[18]

Retroactively declaring provisional ballots invalid[edit]

On November 2, 2012, Husted issued a directive to discount provisional ballots when ID information on the ballot was filled out incorrectly by the voter. This shifted the burden from the election official handing out the provisional ballot to the voter. The directive was contrary to the findings of a court hearing on October 24, 2012 which stated "Ohio Rev. Code § 3505.181(B)(6) provides that, once a voter casting a provisional ballot proffers identification, 'the appropriate local election official shall record the type of identification provided, the social security number information, the fact that the affirmation was executed, or the fact that the individual declined to execute such an affirmation and include that information with the transmission of the ballot'" [21]

In a later court hearing determining the legality of this directive, Judge Algenon L. Marbley noted that this directive was in direct contradiction to statements made by attorneys for Husted who stated that recording ID information would be the duty of the poll worker. In his ruling, Marbley writes that the directive "disenfranchises an unknown but potentially large number of Ohio voters and violates state law, is one of the ‘rare, but serious’ violations of state election law” that violate substantive due process" and ordered "that the Secretary not reject any provisional ballots cast by non- SSN-4 voters with an improperly completed “Step 2” on the Provisional Ballot Affirmation".[22]

The appeals court ruled in Secretary Husted's favor, overturning Judge Marbley's order.[23]

Family[edit]

In 2005 Husted married his second (and current) wife Tina L. Sheppard, a Columbus real estate agent. The couple have a toddler daughter, Katie, and an infant daughter Kylie along with his son, Alex (born 1994), from his first marriage.[24]

Electoral history[edit]

Election results
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2000 Ohio House of Representatives General Jon Husted Republican 24,593 50% Dick Church, Jr. Democratic 18,698 38% *
2002 Ohio House of Representatives General Jon Husted Republican 22,468 64% Gabrielle Williamson Democratic 12,403 36%
2004 Ohio House of Representatives General Jon Husted Republican 36,490 65% John Shady Democratic 19,640 35%
2006 Ohio House of Representatives General Jon Husted Republican 28,339 100%
2008 Ohio Senate General Jon Husted Republican 103,975 61% John Doll Democratic 65,216 39%
2010 Ohio Secretary of State General Jon Husted Republican 1,973,422 54.04% Maryellen O'Shaughnessy Democratic 1,500,648 41.09% Charlie Earl Libertarian 179,495 4.87%

*2000 election notes: Richard Hartmann received 3,934 votes, Bryan Carey (L) received 904 votes and Charles Turner (N) received 705 votes.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Jon Husted won't say if he's a secretary of state candidate", Cleveland Plain Dealer. September 8, 2008. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
  2. ^ "Former House Speaker Husted to run for secretary of state", Cleveland Plain Dealer. April 2, 2009. Retrieved November 29, 2009.
  3. ^ http://www.gongwer-oh.com/programming/news_articledisplay.cfm?article_ID=792340204&newsedition_id=7923402&locid=2
  4. ^ "The Fix". The Washington Post. 
  5. ^ http://dispatchpolitics.dispatch.com/content/blogs/the-daily-briefing/2011/08/husted-millitary-program.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ http://mvpproject.org/military-voting-news/army-association-honors-oh-secretary-of-state-jon-husted/
  7. ^ http://www.sos.state.oh.us/mediaCenter/2012/2012-08-30.aspx
  8. ^ http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/mediaCenter/2012/2012-11-05.aspx
  9. ^ a b "Supreme Court reverses decision on Husted residency", Columbus Business First. October 6, 2009. Retrieved November 29, 2009.
  10. ^ http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/PIO/summaries/2009/1006/091707.asp
  11. ^ a b "Overt Discrimination in Ohio". New York Times. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  12. ^ a b http://www.coshoctontribune.com/article/20120824/NEWS01/208240304
  13. ^ a b http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2012/08/19/vote-for-fairness.html
  14. ^ a b http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/08/husteds_decree_on_ballot_board.html
  15. ^ a b http://www.ohio.com/editorial/editorials/battleground-ohio-1.327589
  16. ^ Calabresi, Massimo, "Jon Husted: The Powerful Official Behind Ohio’s Vote", Time Swampland blog, November 06, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
  17. ^ http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/ohio_early_voting_obama_romney.php
  18. ^ a b Johnson, Luke (September 4, 2012). "Official Refuses To Comply With Court Ruling On Early Voting". Huffington Post. 
  19. ^ http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/ohio_husted_backs_down_early_voting.php
  20. ^ http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/ohio-will-appeal-expansion-of-early-voting
  21. ^ "Case: 2:06-cv-00896-ALM-TPK Doc #: 346". Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  22. ^ "Case: 2:06-cv-00896-ALM-TPK Doc #: 357". Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  23. ^ http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/11/17/appeals-court-backs-husted-on-provisionals.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed
  24. ^ Marshall, Aaron (September 8, 2008). "Jon Husted won't say if he's a secretary of state candidate". Cleveland Plain Dealer.