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Why Is Ohio Making It So Hard To Vote?

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Why Is Ohio Making It So Hard To Vote?


Anyone who follows politics knows how important a Secretary of State can be in deciding how a state hands out its electoral college votes.

In 2000, Florida’s Secretary of State Katherine Harris (also co-chair of Bush/Cheney’s campaign in that state) purged enough voters from voter rolls in 2000 to give George W. Bush a chance to make the election so close it had to be decided in the Supreme Court. In 2004, extraordinarily long waits in Ohio caused up to 3 percent of voters in urban areas and around college campuses to leave their lines — possibly swinging the state to President Bush. Ohio’s Secretary of State that year was Ken Blackwell, the co-chair of Bush/Cheney’s Ohio campaign.

In 2008, Democrat Jennifer Brunner was Ohio’s Secretary of State. After a federally funded survey of Ohio’s elections, the state implemented extensive early voting—30 percent of the state voted early, including a large percentage of African-Americans, who are some of the president’s strongest supporters in the state.

After a wave election in 2010, Republicans across the nation began an active attempt to suppress the votes of Democratic-leaning citizens. Ohio’s newly elected Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted began to take steps to limit early voting.

Franklin County’s Republican Chair Doug Preisse told the Columbus Dispatch in August, “I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban—read African-American—voter-turnout machine.”

Counties were allowed to set their own hours — with Republican districts offering more opportunities to vote. When The New York Times noticed this discrimination, Husted made the hours uniform but canceled voting the weekend before the election for all voters except members of the military. Nearly 100,000 Ohioans voted the weekend before the election in 2008. The Obama campaign sued and  the Romney campaign falsely charged that they were trying to limit military voting.

A federal court ruled that the restrictions were “arbitrary” and opened voting to all eligible Ohioans. Husted first ordered officials not to comply with the ruling but relented when federal Judge Peter Economus called him into court.


  1. old_blu November 5, 2012

    I had a football coach when I was a kid that said “if you have to cheat to win, CHEAT”.

    I’m sure he was Republican also.

    1. dtgraham November 5, 2012

      When I was a kid there was a quote from a professional wrestler that my father used to like: “they don’t ask you the next day how you won, they just ask you if you won.”

      1. Kansan November 5, 2012

        Did you dad tell you that those “fights” were also fixed?

        1. dtgraham November 5, 2012

          Sure, just like American elections.

    2. neece00 November 6, 2012

      We can all see what the republicans have done to the voting process in Florida.

  2. nobsartist November 5, 2012

    because they figure since they are going to be the state that tips either candidate, they will use whatever republiCON means that are at their disposal.

    they think that since they pulled it off in 2000, they can do it again.

    One problem, President Obama will win by large enough margins that Ohio will mean nothing for the final tally.

    when this election is over, we need new Federal laws that dictate how elections are run and what specific machines are allowed to be used. I dont want any more hack “secretary of states” from podunk states like florida and ohio dictating how elections are run.

    Most of the time the idiots have a hard enough time with license plates.

    1. Kansan November 5, 2012

      Mitt’s son Tagg was a founder of the company that owns the voting machines in Ohio.

      1. nobsartist November 5, 2012

        and somewhere there is a prison cell waiting for tagg.

        then he will really be tagged.

    2. S-3 November 6, 2012

      I know this sounds simpleton of me, but… THIS. Especially to the reform parts, of course.

  3. dtgraham November 5, 2012

    I was wrong. I thought early voting was the ticket for the Dems to beat voter suppression. I thought the 5-8 hour lines would just be on election day. Never thought this would also be the norm on every early voting day. I didn’t think the Republicans would go that far. You just assume that lots of early voting will thin out the lines naturally. Wow.

    The only way that I would stand in a line for that long would be if I was starving to death and there was food at the end of the line. I would never stand in line for several hours to vote for someone no matter how much I supported that candidate. I’ve walked out in disgust leaving behind a cart full of groceries when the supermarket lineup was too long. I’m sure there are a lot more people like me, and GOP controlled swing states are counting on it.

    1. neece00 November 6, 2012

      and that is what they are all depending on, that the voter will walk out without casting the vote.

      1. dtgraham November 6, 2012

        Realistically, it has got to happen a lot if for no other reason than the voter not being able to stay any longer for a variety of reasons, regardless of how much they may want to. Then there are those like me who simply refuse to do it.

    2. Ed November 6, 2012

      Well, as long as you understand that they may win and YOU may be partly responsible. All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing1

      1. grammyjill November 6, 2012

        Resultes from Dixville Notch 5-5. Harts Landing 33 voters all Obama.

    3. grammyjill November 6, 2012

      People like you are exactly the reason they are doing this. They are counting on you getting disgusted and leaving.

  4. Kansan November 5, 2012

    I’m no big fan of the death penalty, but when people like Kathy Harris, Ken Blackwell and maybe Jon Husted steal the presidency, along with the Nixon/Reagan/Bush stooges on the Supreme Court in 2000 and with Citizens United, I suppose I should give it a second look.

    1. nobsartist November 6, 2012


  5. rustacus21 November 5, 2012

    In a word: conservatives!!! They don’t like Democracy. Plain & simple. They don’t understand the civic governance aspect that involves the citizens as ‘THE’ central component. So of course, they don’t appreciate the exercise of individuals rights in such an awesome display as what’s about to occur there – an Obama/Liberal/Progressive candidates LANDSLIDE!!! No amount of cheating will prevent it – there or anywhere else tomorrow!!!

    1. ObozoMustGo November 6, 2012

      Hey Rusty! How have you been, my friend? It’s been a long time since we chatted. I hope you are well.

      Have a nice day!

      “The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency…Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.” – Czech Republic newspaper Prager Zeitung

      1. Ed November 6, 2012

        Is that the “Europeans” the repubs have been warning us about?

      2. neece00 November 6, 2012

        Some food for thought:

        I don’t hate money, I hate greed.

        I don’t hate freedom of religion, I hate the power you think you have to control me with your religion.

        I don’t hate capitalism, I hate unethical business practices.

        I don’t want free healthcare, I want affordable, available preventative healthcare there when I need it.

        I don’t hate America, I hate those who tell me I hate America because it fits their agenda to make me look like the bad guy.

        Freedom is for everyone not just those who deem themselves worthy because they can best afford it.

        In a nation of, by, and for the people–we are our government. You can fight to reform it or you can leave.

      3. nobsartist November 6, 2012

        First off, you have no friends except for the ones that are members of the loser John Birch Society.

      4. nobsartist November 6, 2012

        FUCK YOU LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PRESIDENT OBAMA WON YOU LOSE!!!!!

  6. Linda Johnson November 5, 2012

    It is so pathetic they need to stoop to cheating…I sure will never vote Republican ever..there are a few in Michigan that seem okay..but this just is wrong

  7. ObozoMustGo November 6, 2012

    NEWSFLASH!!!!! NEWSFLASH!!!!!!!!!

    This just in…. All DemonRATS are instructed to vote on Wednesday, November 7.



    This has been a public service announcement.

    Have a nice day!

    “The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency…Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.” – Czech Republic newspaper Prager Zeitung

    1. Darryl Hamlin November 6, 2012

      And what you are doing right now has garnered felony prosecutions when done en masse.

    2. djc84 November 6, 2012

      NEWSFLASH!!!! You are brainwashed con scum.

    3. grammyjill November 6, 2012

      No, actually it was advertised that it would be Nov.8th. But we’re smarter than that.

    4. nobsartist November 6, 2012

      FUCK YOU LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. angryspittle November 6, 2012

    OK, It is time to pass an amendment that creates a non-partisan election boards that will be responsible for all elections, shitcan those fucking machines, vote by paper ballot and pencil and have those ballots counted in public at the precinct level.

    1. grammyjill November 6, 2012

      That’s how it use to be here. We got the counting machines that screw up or can be screwed up easily. Now our paper ballots are boxed up as soon as the election is over and sent to the republican sec. of state and no one can see them.

  9. nobsartist November 6, 2012

    PRESIDENT OBAMA WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FUCK THE REPUBLIcons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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