OHIO STATE LEGISLATORS ON Wednesday asked Attorney General Josh Hawley to release all records related to the 2016 election, a request that was made in a letter sent to the attorney general.
“This request is intended to shed light on the state of OHIO, the challenges that OHIO has faced in achieving its goal of having a nonpartisan statewide system for all elections,” the letter reads.
“We do not want to hear a partisan political attack on the integrity of our election system.”
Hawley’s office responded to the request on Tuesday.
“The Attorney General’s office has not received any request for these records in response to our request,” a spokesperson for the office told The Hindu.
Hawley also did not respond to requests for comment sent by The Hindu in late March.
According to the letter, OHIO had lost an estimated $30 million during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“In 2016, OHio’s electoral system experienced a significant loss of funds and staffing due to the Presidential Campaign,” the group said.
“There was no viable alternative to utilizing a nonpartisan, multi-partisan system that would have kept our electoral system from becoming less competitive.”
The group said OHIO was also “suffering a significant economic impact” due to lost business and other employment opportunities due to voter registration.
Haw.s office did not return a request for comment on Wednesday.
In November, Hawley issued a memo instructing the office to review the records requested and to “proceed as expeditiously as possible” to release them.
The memo also recommended that “all requests for records related [to the 2016 OHIO presidential election] be expedited.”
also said he has “no knowledge of any election fraud in the 2016 Presidential Election.”
Haw’s office was not immediately available for comment Wednesday.
The Ohio Elections Commission and the Ohio Attorney General did not immediately respond to request for comments on the letter.
The OHIO elections commission is one of the largest in the country, and Hawley is expected to lead a task force to review election administration.
The state also has a state-run office of elections.
The election commission has a long history of investigating election fraud, and the agency has filed cases against more than 70 states and the District of Columbia in recent years.