Lawsuit alleges that Cincinnati Public School students bused to polls with sample ballots listing just Democrats

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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A lawsuit has been filed against the Cincinnati Public School system after high school students last week were driven in church vans to a polling station and given sample ballots listing only Democrats.

Alex M. Triantafilou, the chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, told The Daily Caller that it’s “OK” for the school system to transport students to vote, but the problem, he said, is when those activities have a “partisan bent to it.”

“If the allegations are proven to be true, it’s very disturbing,” he said.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, an attorney representing the school system admits that the students were taken to the board of elections office, but said the Democratic sample ballots were distributed by a former principal who no longer works for the school system. “We don’t admit any mistakes,” attorney Mark Stepaniak said.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Republican candidate for county office in Cincinnati, as well as another political organization.

According to the paper, draft language is in the works for a restraining order that will keep students from being subjected to partisan electioneering.