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Republican blatant attempt to mislead

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Protecting early voting in Ohio

In a blatant attempt to mislead Americans, Mitt Romney is falsely accusing the Obama campaign of trying to restrict military voting in Ohio. In fact, the opposite is true: The Obama campaign filed a lawsuit to make sure every Ohioan has early voting rights, including military members and their families.

What happened to early voting in Ohio?

  • In the 2008 presidential election, more than 93,000 Ohioans utilized early voting in the three days before the election.

  • Earlier this year, Ohio’s GOP-controlled legislature passed an election reform law that cut off early voting three days before the election.

  • More than 300,000 Ohioans signed a petition to secure a referendum on the November 6th ballot in order to repeal this law. Rather than face the referendum, the legislature, at the urging of Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, decided to repeal the law.

  • However, “in an unusual turn of events,” Ohio Republicans managed to keep a technical provision of the bill that shortens the early voting process and eliminates the last three days of early voting for all citizens except military personnel and their families.

What does that mean for voters?

In addition to reducing Ohioans’ access to the polls, the legislature created inequality between military voters who can cast early ballots in person through the day before the election and all other voters who only have until 6 p.m. on the Friday before the election to vote in-person absentee.

Why is there a lawsuit?

These restrictions are a violation of the equal protection guarantees in the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit seeks to make sure that all Ohioans, including military members and their families, can exercise their right to vote early. “This lawsuit seeks to treat all Ohio citizens equally under the law,” said Obama for America attorney Bob Bauer. “We want to restore the right of all to vote before Election Day.”

The facts show that Romney’s claim about restricting military voting is a blatant distortion. The purpose of the lawsuit is to ensure that every Ohioan—including military voters—has the right to make their voices heard at the polls.

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Comments

1.
TenajComment by Tenaj - August 8, 2012, 2:26 am
This is the truth about "Obama is trying to restrict military voting." lie. You will hear that Obama is restricting military voting but this is what's really happening. My question is are the people who are telling these lies ignorant of the truth or just down right evil people.
2.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - August 8, 2012, 10:13 am
I just read the content of the bill that t*t directed us too. I do not see in the bill where military voting in that 3 day time frame is to be restricted. Military has that right under other legislation to vote in that 3 day time frame.
3.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - August 8, 2012, 10:20 am
You could just as well say that the polls are open for that 3 day early voting to all citizens who want to vote early if the case is won. Looks like the lawsuit wants equal treatment for voters that are given to military personnel for the 3 day early voting.
4.
TenajComment by Tenaj - August 8, 2012, 11:11 am
That's true Jap69 - it's to make it fair to all.
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Comment by bobbya - August 8, 2012, 2:28 pm
If Republicans EVER told the truth at any time about their REAL agendas to the American electorate they would NEVER ever again win any election!
Lying and deception our outright thievery or cheating is the only way they can gain office.
6.
TenajComment by Tenaj - August 9, 2012, 11:17 am
Maddog called it "common sense." First time I've ever heard it called that. I guess it means that in his culture.

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