LaRose referred to the ballot initiative as "a really simple idea" and comes down to how "some people have just taken for granted for so long," with the secretary explaining "it's always been law that only U.S. citizens can vote in a federal election or a state election, and it's always just been kind of assumed that the same rules apply for a local election."

From his office's perspective, LaRose spoke of how it "creates not only a security concern, but also a huge a administrative burden for the county boards of elections." He explained "if you were to start doing that, you'd have to have separate systems, separate voting machines, separate voting databases, all of that."