Monday, August 20, 2012

GOP on early voting in Ohio

The Republican Ohio Secretary of State, who previously supported early voting for only Republican counties, decided to allow it for all counties recently M-F until 7 pm two weeks before the election. However there will be no weekend voting at all, which is often when the black voters come out due to jobs that often do not allow paid time off for voting. Doug Priesse, a Republican election official, goes to far as to say: "I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban -- read African-American -- voter-turnout machine." He recognizes that it is this specific constituency that needs to vote on weekends and openly admits we should not "accommodate" making voting accessible for them given their circumstances. It's another obvious example of the simple fact that regressives simply do not want those who will not vote for them to vote at all.

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