As reported in the Cincinnatti Enquirer:
by Kimball Perry
Three van loads of Hughes High students were taken last week – during school hours – to vote and given sample ballots only for Democratic candidates and then taken for ice cream, a Monday lawsuit alleges.
The complaint was made by Thomas Brinkman Jr., a Republican candidate for Hamilton County auditor, and the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending & Taxes against Cincinnati Public Schools.
“They plan to bring four more high schools (to vote) this week,” Christopher Finney, COAST attorney, said Monday after filing the suit.
It seeks a temporary restraining order to prevent school officials from participating or helping students participate in partisan politics during school hours or with school property or employees involved.
But the school district’s lawyer denies any school connection.
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Is it the duty of the State to assure that minors cast their vote?
I held this as a sacred trust between the citizens and their conscience and I definitely want to make sure that my child has an awareness of the facts, the issues, the platform of each of the candidates and that he or she has an understanding of the importance of the act of casting a vote. This crosses the line of conflict of interest, in my opinion.