Sunday, April 13, 2014

President says right to vote under attack; sign petition re changes in voter laws in Ohio

[April 2014] Ohio already has some of the longest voting lines in the country
and has proven time and time again to be a critical swing state
for elections. Ohio Republicans recently made changes to their
voting laws that further restrict early voting by reducing
voting hours and slashing funding for districts that mail
absentee ballots to all residents. This cannot stand.

Deja vu all over again? [NOTE THE DATE!!!]

More Than 300,000 Ohio Voters Submit Petition Suspending Gov. Kasich’s Anti-Voter Law

By Ian Millhiser
Think Progress
September 29, 2011

Earlier this year, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed a sweeping bill intended to make it harder to vote in his states’ elections. Kasich’s anti-voter law drastically cuts back on early voting and erects new barriers for absentee and even for election day voters. Today, however, opponents of Kasich’s war on voting will submit over 300,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office — well over the 231,000 signatures necessary to suspend the law until it can be challenged in a referendum in November of 2012. If enough of the signatures are deemed valid, the practical effect of this petition will be that Kasich’s law will not be in effect during the 2012 presidential elections when Republicans hoped the law would weaken President Obama’s efforts to turn out early voters who support his reelection.

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President says right to vote under attack
Frost Illustrated
April 13, 2014

Of course there will be those who argue about “potential” fraud (especially given that evidence shows that election fraud is not a widespread phenomenon) but the truth is some elements of this society, particularly the privileged oligarchy, have been trying to put the genie of political empowerment back in the bottle since day one. And, let’s not get it twisted. Historically, no one political party has had the monopoly on trying to suppress the political voices of those who don’t resemble the ruling class. Seasons changes but the weather remains the same. The real fraud is how agents of the oligarchs are able to get their minions to pass laws that legalize voter intimidation and the disenfranchisement of the poor, elderly, “minorities” and those who have paid their debt to society. But, that’s the strategy of a ruling class—pass laws that make the immoral legal.

Obama: Right to vote under threat in the US

The Associated Press

NEW YORK AP — In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday accused the GOP of using voting restrictions to keep voters from the polls and of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded ballot box access for millions of black Americans and other minorities.”The stark, simple truth is this: The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Obama said in a fiery speech at civil rights activist and television talk host Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference.Obama waded into the acrid debate over voting access in an election year where control of the Senate, now in the hands of Democrats, is at stake, as is Obama’s already limited ability to push his agenda through Congress.Republicans say the voting measures guard against voter fraud, but Democrats say they erode the landmark 1965 law that helped pave Obama’s path in politics.

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