Stop voter suppression

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Mar 3, 2014

Early voting has proved two things in an abundantly clear way: More Ohio residents vote when voting hours are extended; and Republicans don't like that.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, who is running for re-election on the fall ballot against Cuyahoga County Democrat Nina Turner, approved uniform hours for all 88 Ohio counties last month, eliminating evening hours and Sunday voting.

Husted cut Sunday voting completely and eliminated evening hours and five open days from the voting calendar. If Husted's order sticks, he will have successfully suppressed thousands of Democratic votes in Ohio's largest county, likely guaranteeing himself a win in November.

A leader in GOP-dominated Ohio Legislature for eight years before getting elected secretary of state, Husted's office is responsible for all election-related regulation. He is level-headed, thoughtful and articulate and has the ability to detail the reasonings for his positions in a powerful and persuasive way.

But not on this issue.

He was the water boy for the national GOP in 2012, working for Mitt Romney's campaign in a fervent effort to suppress Ohio's vote in Romney's favor. If it had worked, Husted probably would be in Romeny's cabinet if other efforts in other states to tilt the vote had worked.

Republicans have pushed voter suppression efforts for far too long, and it needs to stop.

They would be better served honing the appeal and focus on their ideas to craft legislation that can move the state forward. Republican lawmakers have success and a better appeal to voters when they choose that path.

Comments

BabyMomma

He probably saw our poverty rate and knew Obama had it on lock.

deertracker

Romney is definitely not the President.

Contango

@ Mr. Westerhold:

Re: "No offense,"

That’s you using a euphemism, correct?

Elwood

Voting can't be any easier than using an absentee ballot.
They mail it to you, you fill it out, and then you return it in person or by mail.
How much easier can it be? I would think even a democrat could do this.

KnuckleDragger

Apparently not since they continue to whine that a month isn't enough time for them to do it. Or maybe it does take them that long to vote...especially if the union forgot to male them their idiot card (union approved candidate list):)

The New World Czar

"This Viewpoint reflects the majority opinion of the Register editorial board."

Enough said...

Contango

Excellent point.

If there was a minority viewpoint will it be published?

Or is this: Tyranny of the Majority?

Matt Westerhold

I think your view is the minority view, Contango, and yes, it's being published. See above. 

Contango

Re: "I think (snip)"

More conflation.

Point: So the SR editorial board agreed in lock step with this viewpoint?

Matt Westerhold

It's a majority opinion, but none of the editorial board members expressed any disagreemnt with this view. 

Contango

Re: "none of the editorial board members expressed any disagreemnt (sic)"

IOW: Lockstep.

exsanduskian

Matt. are you and your Liberal staff still backing Obama on his health care reform and foreign policy? I'd like to know why Obama with Hillary's approval didn't appoint Chelsea as ambassador to Libya. How about reporting on the cover up and lies about Bengasi?

deertracker

Change your screen name. You are embarrassing the city of Sandusky!

Peninsula Pundit

You really should get the 'thumbs up/thumbs down' thing going on this site, Matt. That was a good one.

exsanduskian

I agree with you.

deertracker

LOL@ Matt!!!! Give it a rest pooh.

rbenn

Seems like matt has his panties in a wad lol

BabyMomma

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Off-topic comments.

BabyMomma

Really? Really?? Wow, freedom of speech is non existent.

rbenn

I thought your comment was on topic, guess he has a thing against thongs lol

deertracker

That settles it then! rbenn has spoken!

Contango

And yet Peninsula Pundit can go against the guidelines and his comments remain?

Double standard?

Matt Westerhold

No, I'm feeling good, rbenn, buth thanks for your concern. Just surprised there are still supporters of Sen. Joe McCarthy. 

Contango

Re: "still supporters of Sen. Joe McCarthy."

Maybe the progressives can re-educate 'em in the gulags?

Peninsula Pundit

Non Sensitur.

Contango

Re: "Non Sensitur"

lol

Which means what?

The Big Dog's back

Pooh was a member of joe McCarthy's fan club. According to pooh, everyone who disagrees with him is a socialist, communist, Soviet pig.

Little Giant

The modern right considers the John Birch Society a bunch of liberals.

Peninsula Pundit

+1

The Big Dog's back

Yes they do.

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