Dem lawmaker eyes elections official seat

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By MARC KOVAC | R-C Capital Bureau COLUMBUS -- A Democratic state lawmaker and critic of Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted confirmed Tuesday that she is considering running to become Ohio's next chief elections official. Sen. Nina Turner, from the Cleveland area, hasn't committed to challenging Husted but did say she's thinking about the secretary of state's office. Turner has served in the Ohio Senate since 2008 and is eligible to run for another term in two years. Turner has voiced criticism in recent months of Husted's election-related directives and, in August, introduced a bill requiring counties to offer a minimum number of early voting hours, with extended evening and weekend opportunities to cast ballots. Husted has defended his decisions on such issues, telling an audience in Columbus last week, "We didn't have any major problems in this state. Early voting hit a record number because we gave everybody an equal shot of doing it, and I can tell you that the national media that we talked to Tuesday night... said it was the most professional election operation that they'd seen." Asked why she was considering running for secretary of state, Turner responded, "Given what Ohioans had to face in this last presidential election, given that SOS now stands under Husted's leadership for [secretary of suppression], it is very important that the citizens of the state of Ohio have someone that understands that voting should not be partisan, that everybody in this state should have the right and the access to vote. And certainly our current secretary of state doesn't understand that." Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at mkovac@dixcom.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.

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