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

pntbutterandjelly

grumpy; I just wish some people's thinking would evolve. Let's start with you perhaps.

pntbutterandjelly

Hey everyone....grumpy is selling whale oil! (and horse dung)

grumpy

Try to control yourself, and read what I did write. I said nothing aboput voter fraud, let alone the "massive " voter fraud you seem to think everyone who doesn't agree with you must think, or at least that seems to be what you claim.

I repeat how does absentee voting, which has been used for years, not solve all those problems? If you can't get to the polls when they are open you can get an absentee ballot and vote from home. If you go to the poll the Supreme Court says if the state you live in wants a pictue ID they can require it.

As I said before when I got my first bank account I didn't have to show an ID, my SS card was enough. Now it takes more than a SS card and a picture ID. Times change, even when it comes to voting, if you wish to live in the past you are welcome to do so. You are also allowed to make as much of a fool of yourself as you want. You have a good start going.

Best regards and sweet dreams,
grumpy

OSUBuckeye59

Absentee voting is definitely a viable alternative. Per Ohio's website, "All Ohio voters have the opportunity to vote in the next Primary or General Election from the convenience of their own homes by requesting an absentee ballot. You can request your ballot for each individual election beginning on January 1 or 90 days before the date of an election, whichever is earlier. Your request must be received by your local county board of elections by noon the third day before the election (usually a Saturday). However, you should submit your request as far in advance of the election as possible to ensure there is sufficient time for the board to mail you a ballot and for you to timely return that ballot."
I'm guessing the reason many don't avail themselves of this option is either they don't know about how easy it is to get an absentee ballot, or if they do, they forget to request a ballot in time to meet the 90 days cut-off.

Contango has also written often in response to this article another excellent alternative is internet voting.

I have written a very viable solution has been in place in Oregon since 1998 and Washington since 2005: 100% vote by mail. Oregon has consistently been in the top states for voter turnout and has proven the 100% vote by mail to be virtually fraud-proof. The other benefit is the cost savings: no need for polling station equipment and staffing.

Both the GOP and Democrats keep focusing on the wrong constraint, namely polling operating hours. They need to remove that constraint completely by either following Oregon's & Washington's lead, or pioneer the use of internet voting.

pigeon farmer

A spineless move. Now do something about it. Vote the frauds out of office. Do we really need 100 in the GA. 70 to 80 is enough. Corrupt politicians trying to stay in power.

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