The voter suppression disgrace in Georgia is hardly a surprise for a Republican Party that has vigorously sought ways for years to hold on to power on Election Day. Emboldened by a corrupt president who complained that three million fraudulent votes led to his deficit in the popular vote in 2016, the GOP’s minions in a number of states continue their efforts to disenfranchise the “colored” – as a party leader once described them to me a quarter-century ago.
Here is how another party brain, Doug Preisse, the Franklin County GOP chairman, later divulged the us-and-them protocol in a statement to the Columbus Dispatch:
“I guess […]Full Story... →
Beware the law of unintended consequences. Bill Bush in today’s Dispatch notices a little problem with the current attempt by Republicans to depress Democratic voters by requiring a state issued driver license or ID card in order to vote:
…records from the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles show about 8.83 million voting-age residents have an Ohio driver’s license or photo ID – about 28,000 more than there are voting-age residents in the state, according to the 2010 census.
Sounds like 28,000 potential cases of voter fraud right? There could be an epidemic of people voting more than once because there […]Full Story... →
Just heard news on MSNBC that the U.S. Supreme Court has overruled a lower court ruling and ruled in favor of the Secretary of State, dealing a blow to the GOP. Voters will be able to vote using a regular ballot and will not be required to vote provisionally.
Update: Lower courts were wrong to get involved. Victory for state of Ohio. Ends possibility others state GOPers will try the same stunt. Great news.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with Ohio’s top elections official in a dispute with the state Republican Party […]Full Story... →
Starved for some good news for statewide Dems after being awash in a sea of DannGate, this is really good to hear about:
The secretary of state will accept a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in Boston for pushing Ohio away from touch-screen voting machines toward optically scanned paper ballots.
The award, named for Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book highlighting political acts of courage, previously has been bestowed on such noted political figures as former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
“Our democracy depends on voter trust,” foundation president Caroline Kennedy said in a news release, adding that Brunner’s […]Full Story... →
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