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Judge Discards Ohio Military Voting Privileges, Imposes Weekend Voting

He rules that military members are not entitled to greater voting accommodations.

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Paula Bolyard

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September 4, 2012 - 11:12 am

Fifteen military groups filed a motion to intervene in the case and other courts have ruled that members of the military are uniquely situated and must be given every opportunity (even extra opportunities) to vote. Judge Economus ruled that the brave men and women fighting for our freedom are just like every other member of society, entitled to no greater privileges than Obama’s ACORN cronies.

The judge also said that minority voters would be disenfranchised, feeding the frenzied charges of racism by some OH Democrats:

Plaintiffs submit statistical studies to support their assertion that low-income and minority voters are disproportionately affected by the elimination of those voting days. Therefore, the injury to Plaintiffs is significant and weighs heavily in their favor.

The judge concluded that Ohio’s uniform voting rule:

… is unconstitutional … and … violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.

He blocked it from being enforced, and went further:

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that in-person early voting IS RESTORED on the three days immediately preceding Election Day for all eligible Ohio voters … This Court anticipates that Defendant Secretary of State will direct all Ohio elections boards to maintain a specific, consistent schedule on those three days, in keeping with his earlier directive that only by doing so can he ensure that Ohio’s election process is “uniform, accessible for all, fair, and secure.”

The problem with this order is that Ohio never had “uniform” statewide voting the weekend before the election (see above). He is ordering SOS Husted to restore something that never existed. It is unclear whether the judge has ordered Husted to restore the law to what it was before Ohio began the voting reform efforts, or whether the judge is unilaterally writing a new law from the bench, imposing weekend voting hours on all of Ohio’s county Boards of Election.

Ohio is an important battleground state in the November election. The counties that offered voting the weekend before the election heavily favored President Obama and Democrats in the last election, and there is an incentive to both suppress the military vote and to increase the vote of urban and minority voters this election.

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