From the daily archives: Friday, September 7, 2012

Last July Ohio’s Republicans passed a law (HB224) that would remove early voting on the three days before election day, a time when Democrats, especially African Americans, have overwhelming turned out to vote in previous elections.   The goal was clear: limit turnout of Democrats, especially black voters.

Ohio Republican Doug Preisse recently admitted as much, defending the practice saying “we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine”

Obama and the Ohio Democratic Party sued to restore these voting days, and they won.  But last week Attorney General Mike DeWine announced he would appeal the Full Story...

Today there was big news in the war over early voting in Ohio, but contrary to what many are reporting, it’s not good.

Since 2005, Ohio has allowed early, in-person voting with many counties opening at night and on weekends to help reduce the lines on election day. The program was so well received, especially in the black community, that the GOP has done everything it can over the past year to limit early voting in hopes of avoiding a repeat of Obama’s win in 2008.

Last year, they passed a law that blocked early voting on the 3 […]

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Justin Elliott is out with a story in ProPublica detailing the connections of a shady outside group called the “Government Integrity Fund” (these groups always seem to have Orwellian names) that is funding attack ads against Sherrod Brown.  The group has the domain name registration anonymity covered, registering via DomainsByProxy.  The only clues to who was involved until recently was the articles of incorporation which list a William M. Todd as Secretary and Statutory Agent.

Where do we know that name from?

Oh, yeah!  Our buddy Bill Todd!

Todd claims no involvement in the group that started running […]

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Secretary of State Jon Husted is appealing the decision by a federal judge that would force him to allow early voting the three days before the election – days that have been shown to be preferred by Democratic, and especially African American voters.  While awaiting the appeal, Husted has asked the judge to stay his decision.  And who has Mr. Husted chosen to represent him for this task?  An out-of-state lawyer with experience in restricting voter access.

Husted’s latest legal response was submitted by William S. Consovoy from the firm Wiley Rein LLP, who is acting as Special Counsel for the Ohio Secretary of State.

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The Toledo Blade today ran an editorial from the Washington Post that sheds light on the need to pass Issue 2 in November, a measure that would make the process of drawing the state’s Congressional districts less partisan and more competitive:

“New York Sen. Charles Schumer, a leader of the Democrats, agreed that Mr. Obama had put too much energy into seeking compromise with Republicans. In a second term, Mr. Schumer said, the President “will go to the public more.’“

When facing GOP intransigence, the President intends to mobilize the public to call their representative in Congress and […]

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