On July 17th, the Obama for America Campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the Ohio Democratic Party filed suit in OH to strike down part of that state’s law governing voting by members of the military. Their suit said that part of the law is “arbitrary” with “no discernible rational basis.”
Currently, Ohio allows the public to vote early in-person up until the Friday before the election. Members of the military are given three extra days to do so. While the Democrats may see this as “arbitrary” and having “no discernible rational basis,” I think it is entirely reasonable given the demands on servicemen and women’s time and their obligations to their sworn duty.
Absolute nonsense. Spun all out of recognition.
After the 2004 elections, Ohio lawmakers passed a bipartisan law on early voting. The objective was to relieve pressure on polling places on election day because Ohio’s election in 2004 (under then-Secretary of State, now media personality Ken Blackwell) was incompetently administered, leading to long lines and disenfranchised voters. It was a national disgrace.
Ohio fixed that problem by extending early voting. Bipartisan. Fixed the problem. Fewer voters on election day, no long lines. People love early voting. It’s wildly popular, because it’s convenient.
In 2010, when former Fox News personality and now Governor John Kasich came in, the early voting window was rolled back to deny all BUT military voters those extra three days.
Just as a side note, is anyone else bothered by what seems to be a revolving door between media personality status and government? I mean, good Lord. Is it any wonder we’re all so brutally misinformed? They’re all current or former co-workers! Fabulous. Let’s make this media-politician club as exclusive and insular as we possibly can, shall we?
President Obama’s re-election campaign has filed suit in federal court to block a Republican-sponsored Ohio law that mandates an end to early, in-person voting a full three days before Election Day this fall.
The lawsuit is the latest twist in an ongoing battle over early voting in the state between Obama allies and the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature and Gov. John Kasich.
Democrats say the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Nov. 6 are critical days to “bank votes” needed to win Ohio. In 2008, 30 percent of the total vote came during early voting, including 93,000 votes during the last three days.
Republicans say the early vote process is too long, too costly for budget-strapped counties and too prone to fraud and abuse. They also insist trimming the voting period – not eliminating it entirely – does not upend the convenience of the current process.
Before the law, local election boards could decide at their own discretion whether or not to hold early, in-person voting during the last three days.
“The last three days of Early Vote are especially important to ensuring a free and fair election,” Obama’s Ohio campaign said in a statement. “We are moving forward in the fight to reinstate the last 3 days of Early Voting and ensure that all Ohio voters can make their voices heard this November.”
AA churches in Ohio do something called “Souls to the Polls” the Sunday before the election. After church, they go and vote. Republicans and John Kasich seek to halt that practice, so ended the last three days of early voting.