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(I)n heavily Democratic cities like Cleveland, Columbus, Akron and Toledo, early voting hours will be limited to 8 am until 5 pm on weekdays beginning on October 1, with no voting at night or during the weekend, when it’s most convenient for working people to vote. Republican election commissioners have blocked Democratic efforts to expand early voting hours in these counties, where the board of elections are split equally between Democratic and Republican members. Ohio Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted has broken the tie by intervening on behalf of his fellow Republicans. (According to the Board of Elections, 82% of early voters in Franklin County voted early on nights or weekends, which Republicans have curtailed. The number who voted on nights or weekends was nearly 50% in Cuyahoga County.)
"I cannot create unequal access from one county board to another, and I must also keep in mind resources available to each county,” Husted said in explaining his decision to deny expanded early voting hours in heavily Democratic counties. Yet in solidly Republican counties like Warren and Butler, GOP election commissioners have approved expanded early voting hours on nights and weekends. Noted the Cincinnati Enquirer: “The counties where Husted has joined other Republicans to deny expanded early voting strongly backed then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008, while most of those where the extra hours will stand heavily supported GOP nominee John McCain.” Moreover, budget constraints have not stopped Republican legislators from passing costly voter ID laws across the map since 2010.
The cutbacks in early voting in Ohio are part of a broader push by Republicans to restrict the right to vote for millions of Americans, particularly those who voted for Obama. “The Republicans remember those long lines outside board of elections last time in the evenings and on weekends,” Tim Burke, Democratic Party chairman in Cincinnati’s Hamilton County, told the Enquirer. “The lines were overwhelmingly African-American, and it’s pretty obvious that the people were predominately—very predominately Obama voters. The Republicans don’t want that to happen again. It’s that simple.”
Originally posted by pajoly
reply to post by Benevolent Heretic
Do you notice the right side of ATS not willing to touch this topic with a ten foot pole? They know there is no plausible defense, not even a weak one they can pretend.
For all you on the right -- the actions of the OH Republicans are an EXACT reflection upon your character if you do not call it out. THIS is who you are, what you party is today. You forever lose all right to claim love, respect and honor of the Constitution if you fail to call this out. If you do not call this out, you are saying clearly to all that you care not ONE bit for the nation, but rather ONLY for your party. If you do not call this out, you are spitting on the graves of the war dead everywhere. If you do not call this out, you are openly mocking the Founders.
Be good and decent and honorable or prove yourselves unworthy to be called an American.edit on 10-8-2012 by pajoly because: (no reason given)