John Kasich - Ohio

John Kasich Worst Governor

Gov. Kasich will do whatever it takes to keep the public in the dark about the non-profit he created, and played partisan politics with his state’s voting laws.

In February 2011, Gov. Kasich replaced Ohio’s Department of Development with JobsOhio, a private non-profit exempt from public record laws. Gov. Kasich’s administration resisted efforts by the state auditor to procure JobsOhio’s financial records, leading to a subpoena. JobsOhio ultimately complied, but Gov. Kasich later fast-tracked a bill to strip the state auditor’s authority to examine the records.

Gov. Kasich also sought to institute new restrictions on voting, including the elimination of in-person voting three days before elections. After opponents of the bill gathered enough signatures to hold a referendum, Gov. Kasich signed a repeal of all the new measures, except the elimination of early voting. A federal appeals court reinstated early voting in October 2012.

  • Elected in 2010; running for reelection in 2014
  • Resisted efforts by the state auditor to procure financial records for a private non-profit he created; fast-tracked legislation to strip the auditor’s office of authority to examine the non-profit’s records
  • Instituted a restrictive election law eliminating early voting, which was later reinstated by a federal appeals court

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