Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted finds himself going to court yet again for his constant and blatantly partisan attempts to make voting more difficult in that state. Two members of a county board of elections that Husted fired for trying to make it easier to vote in their county are now suing him for wrongful termination.
Montgomery County Elections Board members Dennis Lieberman and Tom Ritchie Sr. filed a federal lawsuit this morning against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted for unjustly firing them after they voted to continue allowing residents to vote early on weekends in their home county.
Lieberman and Ritchie, who combined have nearly 28 years experience on the board, are also asking for a temporary restraining order that would immediately reinstate them on the Montgomery County Elections Board.
“We believe SOS Husted was wrong when he unjustly fired us. He violated our free speech and the free speech of other county elections board members,” Lieberman said. “SOS Husted fired us and then dared other election board members to try and stand up for the voters in their community.”
The judge in another case recently overturned a state law that restricted early voting in the three days before an election, ordering Husted to keep all polling places open during that time. Husted initially refused to follow the order because the state was appealing, but he backed down and complied with the order after the judge demanded that he show up personally in his courtroom to explain his actions.