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The latest attempt by the GOP to prevent distasteful outbreaks of democracy.

Cross posted from Pruning Shears.

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Text of the bill is here.

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The following notes were sent to me by an activist.  Republished in full with a few formatting changes.

These bills infringe on our most sacred right as Americans: the right to vote. If passed, they will take Ohio's voting system backwards - to the time of long lings and voter disenfranchisement. The two Republican-led voter bills, HB 194 and SB 148, will do three main things: make it harder to vote, count fewer votes and eliminate local control for what's right at the county-by-county level.

  1. The Plan Makes It Harder to Vote
    • The bills slash early voting days from 35 to as few as 6 days. Republicans claim it's only as few as 10 days, but they aren't counting their elimination of Sunday voting and their elimination of the busiest early voting days: the Monday and Saturday right before the election.
    • The bills cut Saturday voting accessibility down to just four hours and slice mail-in voting to by two weeks too.
    • Politifact recently gave Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted a "Pants on Fire" for the lies he told while testifying in support of slashing early voting accessibility.
    • The bills also make it easier to purge voters from the voter rolls, giving the Secretary of State unprecedented and unchecked authority.
  2. The Plan Makes Fewer Votes Count
    • Under the Republicans' bills, a vote won't be counted if a voter fills in the oval for a candidate and also writes in the name of the exact same candidate.  This particularly disenfranchises low-income voters who aren't familiar with optical scan ballots.  An estimated 12,000 voters would have their ballots thrown out, even though their intent is 100 percent clear.
    • These bills require additional personal information from voters casting provisional ballots, including a voter's full Social Security number, exposing voters to potential identity theft.
    • The bills make provisional ballots more complicated by requiring more information fields, which makes it more likely these votes would be thrown out.
    • Poll workers sometimes mistakenly direct voters to the wrong location or precinct table.  Mistakes happen.  These bills throw out a vote when it was not the fault of the voter, but of the poll-worker.
  3. The Plan Eliminates Local Control
    • The Republican bills take away the right of local boards of elections to determine how best to use resources to run smooth elections in their counties.  Boards of elections would be forced to comply with a one-size-fits-all rule:
      • NO setting up satellite locations for early voting that are more accessible
      • NO setting early vote hours that make sense for their county
      • NO mailing of absentee ballot request forms to all registered voters
      • NO paying for postage for ballot return to ensure voters complete voting process
    • These changes will result in longer Election Day lines and less voting accessibility for older voters and working voters.

BY THE NUMBERS
(Data cited is from the EAC Survey for 2008 and the Ohio Secretary of State.)

  • 1,744,753: Number of votes cast early in the state of Ohio in the last Presidential election.
  • 1,744,753: Number of votes at risk under this plan.
  • 10,187: Ballots cast in '08 in the wrong precinct mostly due to poll worker error that will be thrown out.
  • 10: Percent chance a provisional ballot won't count. This risk will get even higher under this plan.
  • 3: Ohio's ranking (near the top of the list) of 50 states for throwing out wrong precinct ballots.
  • 12,207: Number of votes from '08 with clear voter intent but that are rejected under these new bills.

The Republican Voter Disenfranchisement Plan is a bald-faced politicization of the voting process - a blatant attempt to take away countless Ohioans' right to vote. Republicans know that when fewer Ohioans vote and when fewer votes are counted, their Party has a better chance to win elections. It is sad that they are using their power in state government to discourage voting and marginalize certain voters, rather than trying to improve Ohio's economy.

Originally posted to danps on Wed May 11, 2011 at 06:59 AM PDT.

Also republished by KasichWatch.

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    •  Actually, there is so much more (3+ / 0-)
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      danps, Ohiodem1, BarackStarObama

      I could go into as an Ohio elections activist. But let me just point out the sinister intent of the banning (!) of mailing absentee ballot request forms and postage paid ballots to all voters, as the two largest Democratic counties in the state have done for the last several elections. By taking away their right to do this (under the guise of giving some voters an unequal advantage), they are clearly trying to slash Democratic early voting turnout and response well beyond just the elderly and minorities. Instead of finding resources to do this statewide, they want to tie the hands of the boards of election in the largest counties with the largest Democratic turnouts. People up here (Cuyahoga) have virtually come to expect their absentee application in the mail after about five years. I know I do, and would be highly likely to forget about the deadlines with all I have to do, even though I am an active Democrat and former precinct captain. Forbidding the board here to do this could easily cost us tens of thousands of votes. It's deeply offensive and I hope the ODP sues.

      Jennifer Brunner for Governor of Ohio 2014

      by anastasia p on Wed May 11, 2011 at 07:55:34 AM PDT

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  •  I added Ohio, John Kasich, and Voter Suppression (3+ / 0-)
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    GammaRae, danps, Betty Pinson

    to the Tags, and I will republish this to the KasichWatch group.

    Good work, danps.  Thank you.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Wed May 11, 2011 at 07:10:38 AM PDT

    •  Also added ALEC to the tags because (2+ / 0-)
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      Betty Pinson, OHdog

      this is ALEC sponsored voter suppression legislation that has been introduced in at least 31 states, and possibly as many as 38.

      The American Legislative Exchange Council is a Koch supported, corporate and Koch financed shadow government that writes "Model Legislation" that advances a corporatist and right wing agenda.  John Kasich was an early member and leader in this band of unprincipled usurpers of our constitution which is leading a 50 state attack on America.

      Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

      by Ohiodem1 on Wed May 11, 2011 at 07:15:56 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks very much! (1+ / 0-)
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        Ohiodem1

        Are they related to this?  And have you been keeping an eye on these folks?

        •  I've heard of the State Policy Network (2+ / 0-)
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          but don't know much about them.  The link back to the Heritage Foundation clearly identifies it as another Koch tenacle.  The Buckeye Institute is another obvious right wing outfit that I have become aware of in the past few months.  I have not looked at its tax disclosure reports, but given that it has the "Institute" in its title, it has a high probability of being one of the I think, 52 Koch affiliated state network of "Think Tanks" who do one-sided "research" that supports an agenda, but does not qualify as "research" because the "studies" will only be published if they agree 100 per cent with the right wing bias of the "institutes".

          I will look into the SPN to try to find a definitive link to ALEC and the Koch interests.  I would not be suprised to find that such a link exists, and in my view it starts with the connection back to the Heritage Foundation.

          Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

          by Ohiodem1 on Wed May 11, 2011 at 07:48:16 AM PDT

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          •  There's someone in the Ohio House (1+ / 0-)
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            who is listed as the key leader for ALEC, can't recall the name.

            I'm under deadline today on another project, but will be happy to help out on this tomorrow.  Maybe we can start a group here on DKos or post under Kasich Watch.

            It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~ Aristotle

            by Betty Pinson on Wed May 11, 2011 at 07:56:40 AM PDT

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            •  In Ohio, it is Rep. John P. Adams, (1+ / 0-)
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              here is the list of State Chairmen for ALEC.

              Mr. Adams does not list ALEC on his list of affiliations on the Ohio Legislature webpage.

              Click on Affiliations, you will not find ALEC on it.  I sampled 20 Republican Ohio legislators, and none of them will disclose their ALEC affiliation on the Ohio House or Ohio Senate websites.

              They must be ashamed of being involved with an organization that intends to be an Unelected Shadow Government from Washington DC, who writes our laws with $500 per hour Washington DC corporate lawyers, and the corporate interests have veto power over what gets into those laws.

              So we have a large number of our elected legislators who have unconstitutionally delegated their power to write the laws of our states to corporate interests who have as stated goals the pollution of our air, water and wells over the wishes of our citizens who seek to breathe clean air, eat the fish and swim safely in our lakes, ponds and streams, and who wish to wash and drink clean water from our wells, and not to have poisonous or explosive gases being introduced into our homes because of fracked wells.

              These people answer to corporate lawyers, lobbyists and CEO's, not citizens of Ohio and the state you may live in if you are reading this and are not from Ohio.  Make no mistake, they do not represent you, they represent the people who fund ALEC and other right wing organizations.

              This is a major conflict of interest, and an impeachable or recallable offense, in my view.

              Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

              by Ohiodem1 on Wed May 11, 2011 at 09:29:12 AM PDT

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            •  Forgot the link to ALEC State Chairmen (0+ / 0-)

              Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

              by Ohiodem1 on Wed May 11, 2011 at 09:31:02 AM PDT

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      •  Excellent idea (1+ / 0-)
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        They have a boilerplate plan for "election reform" in their model legislation.

        This is one of those plans where they're relying on voters to be uneducated and uninterested in the issue.  Can't blame them - here  in Ohio they're focused mostly on jobs, the economy and keeping their homes.

        As usual, the key news media midwives of GOP dirty tricks will cover it as little as possible.

        I'm trying to get involved in helping prevent this, if anyone wants to PM me with some contact info, I'll be happy to help.  Its as important as SB5.

        It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~ Aristotle

        by Betty Pinson on Wed May 11, 2011 at 07:54:56 AM PDT

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  •  Dem 2012 Turnout Across Much of the Nation (3+ / 0-)
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    will be taking a significant hit, these bills are passing in many states.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed May 11, 2011 at 07:34:27 AM PDT

    •  It may or it may not (1+ / 0-)
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      It depends on motivation and the voter turnout efforts of the Democratic Party. This is the exact same thing people were saying when ID laws took effect for the first time in Ohio's history in 2006. Democratic turnout did NOT take a hit because people were so angry. They're going to be angrier this time. Some of these provisions are going to provoke lawsuits as well.

      Jennifer Brunner for Governor of Ohio 2014

      by anastasia p on Wed May 11, 2011 at 07:57:19 AM PDT

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  •  Lies and fraud are the only way they can "win" (3+ / 0-)
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    elections or anything else.

    My body may be a slave to capitalism, but my brain will never be.

    by GammaRae on Wed May 11, 2011 at 07:42:22 AM PDT

  •  It churns my stomach (2+ / 0-)
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    what the Radical Right is doing to this country.

    But lets give credit where credit is due.

    They Play hard ball, and they play for keeps.

    Maybe then we can acknowledge what we are up agaisnt?

    •  I wish we would (1+ / 0-)
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      But we are up against more than them. We are also up against a media that NEVER calls them out for it, while demanding that Democrats be "bipartisan" and "reach across the aisle" and pats them on the head for "compromising," while admiring Republicans for failing to compromise even a shred.

      Jennifer Brunner for Governor of Ohio 2014

      by anastasia p on Wed May 11, 2011 at 07:58:27 AM PDT

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  •  Pet peeve -- quoting Politifact (0+ / 0-)

    This is just something that's annoying me these days.  The diary quotes Politifact to make one of its points.  But multiple progressive blogs have pointed out several times where Politifact has used biased, inaccurate analysis to call one of ours a liar.

    Either we trust Politifact or we don't.  For progressives to cluck at Politifact when they paint a progressive with the "liar" brush, then turn around and use them as evidence for our points when they do the same to conservatives, smacks of hypocrisy.

    ------RM

    •  I don't think you can peg them (1+ / 0-)
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      one way or the other.  I think they prefer it that way.  Inconsistency is chaff.  Either that or its a collaborative project where you get some GIGO.

      It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~ Aristotle

      by Betty Pinson on Wed May 11, 2011 at 07:59:53 AM PDT

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