By Julie Carr Smyth
COLUMBUS: Ohio Attorney General candidate David Pepper says he would make advocating for voter rights a priority if elected Ohio’s top law officer this fall.
The Cincinnati Democrat released his proposals Monday for addressing ballot access and election fairness.
Pepper criticizes Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine for defending laws passed by state lawmakers that courts later deemed unconstitutional.
DeWine told The Vindicator of Youngstown that he didn’t pass or write the laws, but did what he’s “supposed to do” by defending them in court.
Pepper’s plan calls for establishing a voter rights unit within the office to investigate complaints and incidents of voter intimidation, disenfranchisement, fraud and suppression.
He says he’d also make the office a resource for voting rights awareness and advocate transparency in Ohio’s redistricting process.