Voter Suppression in Ohio too

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Proponents of controversial Voter Suppression ID laws and other voting reforms are admitting to what we all already know – those laws are intended to keep blacks and other minorities from the polls. Despite hundreds of thousands of Ohioans taking advantage of weekend voting during the 2008 election – Republican election officials in the state voted to end weekend voting for this election.

According to a study by Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates, a large percentage – and in some counties a majority – of those using weekend early voting are African Americans. But as one Republican election official, Doug Priesse, told the Columbus Dispatch, “I…feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate…African Americans.” But – according to Priesse – Republicans should actively pass laws that restrict the voting rights of African Americans.

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Problem solved.

A majority of states now mandate that companies provide time for employees to cast their ballots.

http://www.shrm.org/legalissues/stateandlocalresources/pages/timeofftovote.aspx

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/does-your-state-have-time-off-to-vote-laws--wolters-kluwer-law--business-details-election-day-rights-voters-need-to-know-105900133.html


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Quote Redwing:

Problem solved.

A majority of states now mandate that companies provide time for employees to cast their ballots.


No, redfool, the problem is not solved, except in the minds of fools.

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More updates on this topic :

8/15/12 - Teresa Fedor says Republicans supported Ohio's early voting process when it was enacted

http://www.politifact.com/ohio/statements/2012/aug/28/teresa-fedor/teresa-fedor-says-republicans-supported-ohios-earl/

8/24/12 - Ohio's early voting hours get mixed reviews

http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com/viewart/20120824/NEWS01/208240303/Ohio-s-early-voting-hours-get-mixed-reviews

8/24/12 - Fights over early voting intensify in Ohio, Florida

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/aug/24/nation/la-na-early-voting-20120824

8/25/12 - Ohio Secretary of State Sued Over Weekend Voting Curbs

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-08-24/ohio-secretary-of-state-sued-over-voting-hours-directive

8/28/12 - Ohio Democratic officials fired for attempt to extend early voting

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-08-28/news/sns-rt-us-usa-campaign-ohio-votingbre87r183-20120828_1_election-officials-montgomery-county-elections-board-ohio-secretary

8/29/12 - Ohio Secretary of State Fires Two Democrats for Pushing Weekend Early Voting

http://news.firedoglake.com/2012/08/29/ohio-secretary-of-state-fires-two-democrats-for-pushing-weekend-early-voting/

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More updates on this topic :

8/19/12 :

Ohio GOP Election Board Member: Our Voting Process Shouldn’t Accommodate Black Voters

http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/08/19/711551/gop-election-board-member-admits-he-canceled-weekend-voting-in-ohio-to-suppress-the-black-vote/

8/31/12 :

Federal judge restores early voting in Ohio

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-voting-rights-20120901,0,146164.story

8/31/12 :

Judge restores 3 early voting days in Ohio

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/08/31/2978738/judge-restores-3-early-voting.html

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It's a given that there is massive election fraud committed by Republicans... most notably in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004... though it is pervasive elsewhere as well.

The kicker is... would it have made much of a difference if the Democrat had won... and what are the reasons such fraud was not pushed back on...

An informative and thought provoking read on the subject is: (Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps.) by Greg Palast.

http://ballotbandits.wordpress.com/



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Quote Redwing:

Problem solved.

A majority of states now mandate that companies provide time for employees to cast their ballots.

We have said so much here about the bias that results in these bills, and for you now to say this, I must ask, are you on drugs or something? Are you mentally challenged? Is your ability to remember failing?

We are talking - when added up - about millions of voters - most of whom do not know what is going to happen - who the Republicans are adding a new burden of voting. Since these voters are more often than not Democrats, I have to ask, how on earth can you not come to the conclusion that the PROBLEM IS NOT SOLVED.

IN fact, because the race is so close now, it will precisely be these kinds of things that determine the outcome. No one should think that the problem is solved.

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