Today State Rep. John Becker from Ohio’s 65th House District sent out a letter requesting co-sponsors for a bill to reduce the number of days Ohioans are able to cast an early ballot.


State Representative John Becker in front of some trees

“The purpose of this legislation is to reduce the number of days for absent voting”, writes Becker. “I believe that allowing absentee voting for 35 days before Election Day also opens the chances for voter fraud.”

Becker goes on to tell potential  co-sponsors that his bill would “reduce the length of time for absent voting from 35 days before Election Day to 17 days” and would stop early voting the weekend and Monday before an election.

Becker’s bill, if passed, would be in direct conflict with the decision from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that forced Secretary of State John Husted to allow early voting on those same days during last year’s presidential election.

The 6th Circuit decision was previously appealed by Husted and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In other voter-suppression news, Husted was thwarted again today in his attempts to suppress votes made through provisional ballots.    U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley upheld an earlier ruling that local boards of election must count “votes cast provisionally when voters use the last four digits of their Social Security numbers.”


  • jr6020

    These guys never stop. Should be thinking seriously about another repeal effort?

  • Matt

    Illegal and immoral. Thank you, Republicans.

  • Paula Garfield

    If u cant win fairly, then sabatoge the areas of concern which are key factors in losing…Cheat, lie, steal, plunder, rob, steal, ..Fire them all, vote them out

  • Mark Schrider

    Anything that makes it harder for people who wouldn’t vote for the GOP to vote at all…The GOP is there. They can’t win on the isues so they attempt to stack the deck in their favor.

  • Bill O’Neil

    This guy sounds like he just descended from those trees. Typical “thinking” from the shallow end of the gene puddle.

  • Think.

    Becker is jockeying for the position of “the most conservative politician in the Ohio legislature.” Such a lofty goal.

  • dmoore2222

    First of all, who cares what this dolt thinks? Secondly, they’ve been around this tree before and the voter turnout reached a record high despite their suppression efforts. So bring it, Mr. Leisure Suit, and see what happens.

  • Think.

    No “thinking” involved- just following orders…

  • John McNay

    Isn’t this infamous House Bill 194? Which the Republicans passed, the repealed, in order avoid a spanking at the polls? Don’t they ever learn?

  • Retrofuturistic

    The Christian GOP can’t win on the issues, they certainly can’t win on their record (after all, W. Bush crashed the economy of the entire world), they can’t win with women (well, maybe with the ones in cults), they can’t deny climate change any longer, and they’re maxed out on the use of religious manipulation. Therefore, the only way they can “win” is by lying and cheating and using Dirty Tricks. Everyone knows this. The larger question is— Why do we tolerate it?

  • Retrofuturistic

    Yeah, that’s what the guys said at Nuremberg….

  • Retrofuturistic

    Gag me with a privatized public school….

  • Red Rover

    Attempting to pass a law that is blatantly unconstitutional should be considered malfeasance and grounds for impeachment. Additionally the fact that it comes right on the heels of Husted’s smackdown shows contempt for the U.S. Supreme Court. If our electoral system had any dignity, he would be out of office within a month!

  • Why are these people getting paychecks?

  • buckeyewill

    Stop calling them ‘Christains’

    Call them PHARASEES

  • buckeyewill

    Another reason NOT to vote GOP.

  • Retrofuturistic

    How about “Christian Pharisees”?

  • SlapFat

    This is pure spite for Democrat voters.

  • CherMoe

    The sad thing is that every time they file lawsuits, it costs Ohioans more money and confusion for people trying to cast votes. That’s what they want … confusion. So much that people will just give up. With all the new taxes levied on Ohioans by Kasich and his thugs, this state will be right down at the bottom with Wisconsin and good ole Scottie Walker. They’re racing to the bottom.

  • dmoore2222

    Yes. I agree it’s the great race to the bottom IS the republican agenda. But we learned two things from the 2012 election: Massive amounts of money don’t necissarily win elections, and people don’t like their right to vote tampered with as we saw with the incredibly long poll lines all accross the country. Both of these republican strategies backfired, and they will again because voters (even republican voters) have had time to see how the republican agenda is hurting all of us; our schools, our infrastructure, our workplaces. They cannot talk about the issues that are important to most people because of their failures in these areas. So they make matters worse by passing anti-women, anti-gay and anti-worker legislation. I’m telling you, women alone are gonna send John Kasich back to his cave. Add teachers and public workers to the list and the outcome won’t even be close. SB5/Issue 2 along with the latest radical anti-women legislation sealed Kasich’s fate. He loaded the gun and handed it to Fitzgeral.

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