Press Releases

  • 03.07.16

    17 Year Old Voters Must be Allowed to Vote in Primary Election, Says ACLU

    COLUMBUS—Today the ACLU of Ohio sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted requesting that he issue a directive that clearly affirms the ability of 17 year olds to vote in the presidential primary if they will be 18 by the time of the general election. Conflicting information has created inconsistent policies among Read more…

    Voting Rights
  • 02.23.16

    ACLU Calls for Stronger Police Body Camera Regulations

    Pending Legislation Fails to Provide Privacy Protections or Police Accountability

    COLUMBUS—Today the ACLU of Ohio gave testimony to the Ohio House Local Government Committee on House Bill 407, which attempts to put in place standards for the use of police body worn cameras. The ACLU expressed concerns about the lack of specific guidance in the proposed legislation. “Ohio needs more than what HB 407 provides,” Read more…

    Police Practices, Privacy
  • 02.11.16

    Prison Privatization is a Bad Deal for Ohioans Says ACLU

    COLUMBUS—Today, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled 5-2 that the sale of Lake Erie Correctional Institution did not violate the state Constitution. The prison was sold in 2011 to Corrections Corporation of America for over $72 million. In 2015, the state authorized the sale of North Central Correctional Institution in Marion. This sale is still Read more…

    Prisoners' Rights
  • 01.29.16

    State Fix to Absentee Ballot Problems Will Benefit Voters, Says ACLU

    COLUMBUS—The ACLU of Ohio supports a directive issued by Secretary of State Jon Husted today that will improve Ohio’s vote by mail system. These changes will lead to more absentee ballots being properly counted and not discarded due to technical errors. The directive comes after hundreds of mailed-in ballots were disqualified in the November 2015 Read more…

    Voting Rights
  • 01.11.16

    Akron Must Repeal Law That Makes Asking For Help a Crime, Says ACLU

    AKRON—The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a letter today to Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Akron City Council urging them to repeal immediately an ordinance against panhandling that violates the First Amendment by making it a crime to ask a neighbor for help. Akron’s law makes it illegal to ask for help by Read more…

    Free Speech
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