Bernie’s battle: Sanders takes action to allow certain 17-year-olds to vote in Ohio presidential primary

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Bernie Sanders is filing a federal lawsuit against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted so certain 17-year-olds can vote in the presidential primary — if they turn 18 before the November election.

The teens are allowed to vote on some candidates and congressional races, but not in the presidential primary.

Some Democrats are crying foul, saying Husted, a Republican, is changing the rules about who can vote in Ohio.

Husted released a statement saying there is nothing new with this.

Here is Husted’s entire statement:

“I welcome this lawsuit and I am very happy to be sued on this issue because the law is crystal clear.

“We are following the same rules Ohio has operated under in past primaries, under both Democrat and Republican administrations. There is nothing new here. If you are going to be 18 by the November election, you can vote, just not on every issue.

“That means 17-year-olds can vote in the primary, but only on the nomination of candidates to the General Election ballot. They are not permitted to elect candidates, which is what voters are doing in a primary when they elect delegates to represent them at their political party’s national convention, or vote on issues like school, police and fire levies.”

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