Here’s the background.
When the GOP in Ohio took over in 2010, one of the things they did, in addition to trying to strip away collective bargaining rights for unions, was to create all these new voter restrictions. But, after their asses got spanked at the polls, losing by over 20 points in the referendum on collective bargaining, they decided to repeal their new voting restrictions before it was stomped down in a referendum. But, being Republicans, they only repealed parts of it. They didn’t repeal the parts about Early Voting, and that’s what the Obama Campaign has sued over.
From the Obama Campaign:
Today, Obama for America-OH Senior Advisor Aaron Pickrell, the Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern, and the Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the filing of OBAMA FOR AMERICA v. HUSTED in the United States District Court (Southern District of Ohio):
“In 2004, before Early Voting was allowed in Ohio, voters faced disastrous conditions when they showed up to cast their vote on Election Day: widespread mismanagement, 7 hour long lines, and broken machinery. Many Ohioans waited in line for hours, while many others had to walk away.
“Then came Early Voting. For the past 7 years, Ohioans have been able to cast their votes before Election Day, ensuring that the broken system that silenced so many Ohio voters in 2004 would never happen again.
“Early Vote has proven to be an effective way for Ohioans to make their voices heard. In 2008, 30 percent of all votes were cast early, with nearly 93,000 people casting their ballot during the last three days of Early Voting.
“Now, Ohio Republicans are threatening that right. Last year, they passed HB 194, a law that restricted voting rights by drastically reducing Early Vote including the most important Early Voting days for most Ohioans – the 3 days leading up to Election Day.
“Ohioans overwhelmingly rejected this partisan attempt to restrict voting when they turned in 300,000 signatures last December, placing it on the ballot and forcing it to be suspended until Ohioans could vote on the measure this coming November.
“But voters never got the chance to make their voices heard. Through a series of legislative maneuvering concluding with a bill passed this May, Republicans were able to remove the last three days of Early Voting for the vast majority of Ohio voters, a cynical move that is both unfair and unjust.
They think somebody’s playing with them. This is all about the VOTER SUPPRESSION, folks.
ALL ABOUT THE VOTER SUPPRESSION.
They CANNOT WIN in a fair election.
Thanks to Ametia for the hat tip for this series.
STEALING AMERICA unveils patterns of anomalies at every level of the electoral process. Controversial partnerships perpetuate a secretive environment, as relevant facts and figures remain hidden from view. As a result, most Americans have no real sense of the threat to free and fair elections. As seemingly unrelated pieces of the puzzle come together, a chilling picture emerges of widespread, artfully crafted “glitches” that, in the final tallies, have the capacity to alter election results.