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Secretary of State Speaks Out Against "Rigged" Election Claims

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The vice chairman of President Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity has sent a letter to all 50 states, asking for registered voters’ names, birthdays, political affiliations, voting history and last four digits of social security numbers. 

Secretary of State Jon Husted voted for President Trump, but has consistently pushed back Trump's claims of a "rigged" election. In a written statement, Husted says much of the voter registration information Trump's commission wants is already public record in Ohio. But confidential information such as social security or driver’s license numbers are not, so Husted says those will not be provided to the commission. Husted says his office is willing to give the federal government ideas on how it can better support the state in running elections. But he says he wants to make it very clear that Ohio doesn’t want any federal intervention in the state’s right and responsibility to conduct elections.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.