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Jon Husted jacks up Ohio early voting again

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's appeal of lower court's ruling that the state's early voting on the three days before election cannot rescinded. Which, in a just world should have meant opening the polls for the same number of hours as in the past two elections. But Husted, ever eager to do all he can to suppress the vote in areas where early voting has typically drawn out large numbers of Democrats, chose to do what he has done all year. Ari Berman writes:

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted swiftly limited early voting hours on those crucial three days to 8 am–2 pm on Saturday, November 3; 1–5 pm on Sunday, November 4; and 8 am–2 pm on Monday, November 5. That means Ohio voters will have a total of only sixteen hours to cast a ballot during those three days. And before the weekend before the election, Ohio voters will still not be able to cast a ballot in-person on nights or weekends.

In 2008, the most populous counties in Ohio allowed more time for early voting—both in terms of days (thirty-five) and hours (on nights and weekends in many places). For the three days before the election, early voting locations were open for a total of twenty-four hours in Columbus’s Franklin County (8-5 on Saturday, 1-5 on Sunday and 8-7 on Monday) and 18 and a half hours in Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County (9-1 on Saturday, 1-5 on Sunday, 8:30-7 pm on Monday). During those final three pre-election days in 2008, 148,000 votes were cast and “wait times stretched 2 1/2 hours,” reported the Columbus Dispatch

Nonetheless, those abbreviated early voting hours are more than would have been available if the courts hadn't slapped Husted down. The long-term solution is putting someone else in his job.

(Please continue reading about the War on Voting below the fold.)

In other War on Voting news

A Pennsylvania man employed by a company working for the Republican Party of Virginia was arrested by investigators from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s office on Thursday and charged with destroying voter registration forms.

Colin Small, a 31-year-old resident of Phoenixville, Pa., worked for Pinpoint, a company hired to register voters on behalf of the Republican Party of Virginia. Prosecutors charged him with four counts of destruction of voter registration applications, eight counts of failing to disclose voter registration applications and one count of obstruction of justice.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Small previously worked with Strategic Allied Consulting. That company was fired by the Florida Republican Party, four other state Republican parties and the Republican National Committee, because more than 100 apparently fraudulent voter registration forms connected to SAC had shown up in 10 Florida counties.  

Small was on the SAC payroll until they were fired. He was working in the Virginia GOP's  Harrisonburg office. That is also the Virginia headquarters of Crossroads GPS, an operation co-founded and "advised" by Karl Rove.

  • National Baptist voter push criticized as mediocre: There was a lot of talk about the importance of the vote at the National Baptist Convention in September, but critics lambasted it as being nothing more than "rhetoric" and for not coming up with a unified approach to getting people to the polls.
  • Department of Justice prepared to receive election complaints: Civil Rights Division staff will be available by phone to receive complaints related to ballot access (1-800-253-3931 toll free or 202-307-2767) or by TTY (1-877-267-8971). Individuals may also report complaints, problems, or concerns related to voting by fax to 202-307-3961, by email to voting.section@usdoj.gov and, closer to election day, by complaint forms that may be submitted through a link on the department’s website, at www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/
  • Elijah Cummings confronts anti-vote-fraud group: The ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee has sent two letters to a right-wing voter-fraud organization asking for “specific documents about the manner in which True the Vote and its affiliated organizations have been challenging the registration of thousands of voters across the country based on insufficient, inaccurate and faulty evidence.”
    “On October 12, 2012, the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights issued a report concluding that True the Vote’s poll monitoring efforts in North Carolina appear to be aimed at African American and other minority communities that historically have voted for Democratic candidates,” Cummings wrote. “According to the author, the information in the report demonstrates that your organization has a ‘highly partisan and political agenda to deny African Americans and Latinos, specifically, the right to vote.’”
    The New York Times has investigated True the Vote's work as has Demos, both discovering instances of voter intimidation. From Demos:
    In the June 2012 Wisconsin recall election, many students reported being challenged by True the Vote poll watchers, as the organization even mocked the students on Twitter. The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board issued a statement saying “in recent elections we have received disturbing reports and complaints about unacceptable, illegal behavior by observers. Voters expect a calm setting in which to exercise their right to vote.”
    Jumoke Balogun reports that, based on previous reports of True the Vote's intimidating voters and other actions that suppress the vote, SEIU has sent a letter to the IRS urging the agency to turn down True the Vote's application for 501(c)(3) status (which would give it tax-exempt status. You can read the full letter here.
  • Maricopa County Elections Department admits error on date of general election on voter ID cards: The department distributed a document with voter-ID cards in which the date of the election in English was correctly stated as "November 6th," but in Spanish it said "8 de Noviembre, the 8th of November." A spokesperson said that only people who picked up the document over the counter, not by mail, saw the mistaken date. The department indicated this was no big deal and probably only affected some 50 people based on how many documents were passed out in previous years. But it was not stated whether those previous years were election years.
  • Union lawyers caution over voter suppression at the polls: Billboards mostly in minority neighborhoods of Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin warning of penalties for voter fraud are among several methods of voter suppression still ongoing after courts rulings and other legal actions have blocked voter-ID laws in several states. The billboards have been challenged as being intimidatory and sowing confusion, which is a key ingredient of voter suppression.
    Irwin Aronson, voter protection lawyer in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is a long time union laborer. Several public utilities in the state have been sending out newsletters to their customers that were printed prior to the law being enjoined telling customers that they must have a valid photo ID in order to be permitted to vote, Aronson claimed. One of those cases was the utility company PECO that admitted on Oct 17 of sending faulty Voter ID information to 1.3 million customers in seven Pennsylvania counties.

    “The reality is that Pennsylvania has just a hair under 10,000 precincts staffed by volunteers, which may or may not choose to participate in the training that’s available to them and as a result we might see confusion on the part of poll workers,” Aronson said.

  • Pennsylvania billboards still suggest ID required to vote: As late as this week, state-sponsored, Spanish-language billboards in Philadelphia were informing citizens that they must show ID to vote. One highlighted by Bloomberg stated “Si Quieres Votar Muéstrala” (If you want to vote, show it), with a woman holding up a driver's license.
    “You want to be sure all voters are getting an accurate message, a consistent message,” said Ellen Kaplan, policy director at the Committee of Seventy, a non-profit government watchdog group in Philadelphia.

    “The worst problem in this case might be if voters still believe they need a photo ID to vote, and if they don’t have one, they may say, ‘I may as well not go to the polling place.’ ”

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  •  We need to file a class action suit against the (21+ / 0-)

    Repubklican Party for loss of civil rights. Further there should be a RICO investigation surrounding the voter registration conspiracy going on across the country. There MUST be a remedy.

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:06:13 AM PDT

  •  Voter suppression is treason. (11+ / 0-)

    Everything there is to know about the GOP: They're the Bad Guys.

    by Troubadour on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:09:35 AM PDT

  •  Apparently, if you're in line by the deadline you (3+ / 0-)

    get to vote.  Could the line be stacked with "proxies" for those arriving late?

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:10:28 AM PDT

  •  What happened to the registrations of those (6+ / 0-)

    that were trashed?  Were they contacted to register?
    Maybe I missed it in the story.  Are they even aware their registration was trashed?

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:11:05 AM PDT

  •  I disagree on the long term solution offered. (16+ / 0-)

    This entire election has put a spot light on the fact that our right to vote can be limited based on the whims of an elected official.  

    I think the long term solution is to remove the process from the state level and put it on the federal level.  The entire thing.  Early voting days and hours, election day hours, etc. etc.  It should no longer be subject to which party controls the state's Secretary of States office.  

    •  Federal (6+ / 0-)

      In Canada, voting hours (and for that matter, redistribution of voting boundaries in each province ) is done by Elections Canada - a federal body that is independent of the government (though technically a federal department).

      That was formed by Parliament over a century ago (a bit more) when the complaint back then was - you guessed it - gerrymandering of voting boundaries and so on.

    •  As an aside (3+ / 0-)
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      I've always been surprised that nothing has been done to reform the voting hours/redistribution stuff in the US, when most of it is obvious blatant political manoeuvrings, instead of based on convenience (for voting hours) and science (for deciding how a voting district is redistributed or a new one made)

      Is that a constitutional thing that the states have control of voting times and how districts are drawn/re-drawn?

    •  My students is from Brazil. They have a mayoral (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      LinSea, JerryNA, OldDragon

      election this week.  She has to apply to Brazil for a voting exemption so she does not get the fine for not voting.

      That is another way to deal with this problem.  Make voting mandatory.  You don't vote, you don't get any government benefits.

      Mitt Romney's moral compass points to the Cayman Islands.

      by captainlaser on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:20:31 AM PDT

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    •  That would require a constitutional amendment (2+ / 0-)
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      Meteor Blades, LinSea

      if I'm not mistaken

      -4.63,-3.54 If the people will lead the leaders will follow

      by calebfaux on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:36:14 AM PDT

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    •  It will never happen because we have enough (0+ / 0-)

      red states who will scream "states' rights".  People need to regiser as soon as they have a change of status instead of waiting til just before an election.  

      •  elected officials also should not.... (0+ / 0-)

        ...be changing the requirements to vote in an election year.  it's nonsense.  people in Ohio and Pennsylvania didn't know what would be required just weeks before an election.  it's preposterous.

        I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

        by blue drop on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 12:47:35 AM PDT

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    •  i will reiterate a comment i made... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...a few weeks ago.

      http://www.dailykos.com/...

      why does a federal right to vote become a state's matter when it comes to implementing that right.  Republican governor's and legislature's seem determined to make it as difficult to perform your right to vote.  widespread voter confusion in recent elections, some intentionally created, and voter suppression could be eliminated if the same standard was applied to the process across the country.

      i get that every election and election ballot will be different on the local level but, good grief, make the process of voting easy.  have the same rules for registering; the same rules to vote; the same type of ballot; the same ballot layout, etc.

      it just seems that every freaking election in recent memory just becomes a confusing morass for too many Americans to the point of them just giving up.  if there's one thing i have sadly in learned my lifetime is to keep it simple for Americans.  some simply don't understand the processes involved and some can't be bothered to jump all the hurdles that are cropping up to block their way to the voting booth.

      to add--

      it's almost like the abortion issue.  sure, it remains legal but Republicans are going to make it as difficult as possible for you to exercise your right.

      I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

      by blue drop on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 12:43:33 AM PDT

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  •  The presidency aside (9+ / 0-)

    I want to win Ohio just to piss this guy off.  Total jerk.

    •  And PLEASE, Ohio, put up a big name Dem (8+ / 0-)

      for SoS next time. This cannot continue. I'm not trying to stick my NY nose into your OH business. With Husted now and Blackwell before him, this is a serious national concern. (You too Florida! :)

      Someone so well known and admired may have to come out of retirement, or need to defer their Congressional dream, to protect the right of Ohioans to VOTE, and to have their votes COUNTED.

      Okay, the Government says you MUST abort your child. NOW do you get it?

      by Catskill Julie on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:24:13 AM PDT

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      •  I think Dems took the SofS position (2+ / 0-)
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        after the 2000 election, but lost it.  We recognized the importance of this office that people generally pay no attention to.  It is critical.

        •  The Democrats controlled the office (2+ / 0-)
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          growingMajorityMN, Ahianne

          from 2006-2010. But the Ohio Democratic Party played games with this office, and it turned out to be the key to why we lost the governorship and the attorney general's office as well. It's a long story, but it's rooted in the ODP's cavalier attitude toward women. They wanted Jennifer Brunner to be a good little girl and go back to SoS and not run for Senate; then they thought replacing her on the ticket with an anti-choice radical who supported a "Personhood" amendment wouldn't upset Democratic women too badly. Wrong. It was a mess.

          Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

          by anastasia p on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:16:42 AM PDT

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          •  In retrospect, (1+ / 0-)
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            ..I wish JB had stood pat at SoS through the last cycle. We'd have a clean election this year and she'd have built her rep up more for a step up later.

            Cogito, ergo Democrata.

            by Ahianne on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 07:20:13 PM PDT

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          •  Sounds like CHANGE needs to come to the Ohio (0+ / 0-)

            Democratic Party too. Now sounds like a good time to put those leaders and all office seekers on notice that there are bigger issues at stake than their turf and personal ambitions.

            Okay, the Government says you MUST abort your child. NOW do you get it?

            by Catskill Julie on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 08:43:34 AM PDT

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      •  The 2010 election cost Ohio dearly! (4+ / 0-)
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        JerryNA, a2nite, Ahianne, Catskill Julie

        The GOP got a lock on the state legislature.
        And yet, so many people don't see that as a problem.

        "The past is never dead. It's not even past". Faulkner.

        by mchestnutjr on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:42:57 AM PDT

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      •  this is an important downticket race (1+ / 0-)
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        Catskill Julie

        that EVERYONE should pay attention to

        "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."
        17 days to go. Do something every single day to bring this home for the blue team!!!

        by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 01:41:46 PM PDT

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  •  We are actually doing better in Hamilton County (4+ / 0-)

    (Cincinnati) this year compared to 2008.  Then we had 8-12 on Saturday, nothing on Sunday and 8-4 on Monday.  So by comparison that's a gain of 4 hours.  Also remember that under the law in Ohio anyone in line at closing time must be allowed to vote.  So on Saturday in 2008, even though closing time was 12, voting continued until almost 4.

    -4.63,-3.54 If the people will lead the leaders will follow

    by calebfaux on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:12:37 AM PDT

    •  Do you see the pattern here? (1+ / 0-)
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      growingMajorityMN

      The least number of hours are Sunday and instead of 8 to noon they did 1-5 to make a problem for the African-American churches who, in the states that have early voting, provide buses to take the people straight from church to the polls.  It is just blatant.

  •  My friends from Columbus who are living overseas (3+ / 0-)
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    continue to be denied an absentee ballot.  This is after submitting a written signed application which the BoE "lost", then following up with a .pdf (which was rejected), following up with an email (which was rejected) and following up with a fax (which was rejected).

    Shame on Franklin County BoE.

    Mitt Romney's moral compass points to the Cayman Islands.

    by captainlaser on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:15:58 AM PDT

  •  I sure hope Ohio has learned it's lesson (1+ / 0-)
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    Sychotic1

    when it comes to Republicans. I'd hate to see them end up like me in Texas.

    Fuck Big Brother...from now on, WE'RE watching.

    by franklyn on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:17:53 AM PDT

    •  Once they get the districts gerrymandered, (7+ / 0-)

      it is very difficult to fight back.  OH is pretty split, but Republicans have gerrymandered 75% of the districts to be safe Republican, so they essentially answer to no one.  We have a proposed constitutional amendment to address the gerrymandering, so are hoping to make progress toward fair representation  if that can get passed.

      “when Democrats don’t vote, Democrats don’t win.” Alan Grayson

      by ahumbleopinion on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:42:17 AM PDT

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      •  And the Republicans have loaded the deck (2+ / 0-)
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        a2nite, Ahianne

        against that amendment — issue 2 YES ON TWO — by a whole host of tricks, ranging from interminable ballot language (the original version contained lies which they were forced to remove) which appears in both English and Spanish before you get to the voting box — on a different page — to sending out mailers full of the lies they couldn't put on the ballot, to calling it Issue 2, the same as the repeal of SB 5 (anti-union bill) last year, which was a NO on 2. Meanwhile, Voter First Ohio, the organization trying to pass nonpartisan districting, isn't helping itself with its confusing mailers and last-minute press releases on events.

        Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

        by anastasia p on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:02:18 AM PDT

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  •  How is it not starkly obvious to the casual (9+ / 0-)

    observer that election fraud perpetrated by REPUBLICANS makes their party the party of traitors to the Constitution and our democracy?  They obviously believe they are entitled to lie, cheat and steal in order to "win".  In other words, they are ENTITLED to own this country and the rest of us are just their servants.

    How this election is anything near close against these obvious traitors is beyond belief.

    GOTV AND FUCK THEM!!!!!!!

    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:24:53 AM PDT

  •  The Virgina Ballots So they were able to (5+ / 0-)

    Recover some of the registrations and not recover others.

    http://www.nbc29.com/...

    "That's when I realized, this bag is really light and looked inside," Johnson said.  "There was the manila folder with the eight voter registration applications, and I was like, we've got something here."
    Prosecutors charged him with four counts of destruction of voter registration applications

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:25:13 AM PDT

  •  Ohio: abbreviated early voting hours (7+ / 0-)

    If the shoe were on the other foot, the Republicons would not let an opportunity pass to frame this as "Democrats restrict voting hours for the troops!!"  

    •  They already did... the entire Fox echo machine (4+ / 0-)
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      JerryNA, Sychotic1, Eric Nelson, Ahianne

      was on this kick for weeks -- saying the Obama camp's lawsuit was denying early voting for military members.

      "You gotta love your art so much that you will fuck it in the Denny's bathroom." - Kevin Smith

      by here4tehbeer on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:47:14 AM PDT

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    •  I disagree the shorter hours are a problem (2+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, Ahianne

      You can give people round-the-clock hours but that doesn't mean they target the populations you want. In fact, the best days for Cuyahoga — Saturday and Sunday — have expanded their hours, with two more on Saturday. Any more than that and you run into the reality of what most Clevelanders use their Saturdays for. They probably aren't going to think about voting later in the afternoon. The Sunday hours are PERFECT for the churches that want to bring down vans and buses. And anyone in line at 5 can vote, even if it takes hours to process them.

      I don't think closing voting earlier Monday is a big deal. In fact, I don't get how they closed at 7 in 2008 and still managed to get the poll books out to hundreds of precincts. People must have worked all night that night (as well as the following night). It barely makes sense for large urban counties. Plus we have voting until 7 all next week and the following week. People have known that for a while and groups have been organizing around it. As long as we have definite, nail-down hours, that is more important than how expansive they are. Ending the uncertainly was the most important thing.

      Also, I didn't know this until Caleb Faux — executive director of the Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Democratic Party and a member of the Hamilton County Board of Elections — posted it here on DailyKos the other evening, but Hamilton did NOT have Sunday hours in 2008 so he is super happy about this.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:07:54 AM PDT

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      •  Benefits of shorter hours was not my point (0+ / 0-)

        Husted cut early voting hours for everyone.

        Everyone included the military.

        If Democrats had done that, Republicons would use it as an opportunity to bash Democrats on being anti-military.

        Republicons never miss an opportunity to reinforce their narrative.

    •  That was their argument at the start (0+ / 0-)

      when the Repubs designated the last three days to be for  military only.  When the Dems put up a fight saying that it should be for everyone and went to the courts, the Repubs said the Dems didn't want the military to vote.  There is no level to which they will not stoop.

  •  Electoral college (1+ / 0-)
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    The electoral college needs to die.  We cannot continue to be encumbered by assholes like Jon Husted.  He would have no power at all if Ohio weren't the center of the political world.  It's completely ridiculous.

    •  I think you need to rethink that. (0+ / 0-)

      Take a look at the map.  There are so many red states because that is where the majority of voters are Republicans, which means they would win the popular vote.  As I said, popular vote will not get it even if we have the big urban areas in the blue states.  2000 was an anomaly.  There is a good chance that the reverse could happen this time with Romney winning the popular vote but not the electoral vote.

  •  Democratic capitulation (1+ / 0-)
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    to simply counter the OH Atty. Gen'l's new voter restriction by saying, "we're gonna try real hard to get people to the polls in time" is sheer capitulation to Neo-Republican thuggery. We have no other resource but to take over polling places by force in precincts affected, and keep them open until normal closing hours, even if it means civil disobedience.

    •  It's not a "new voter restriction." (2+ / 0-)
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      HappyFeet, Ahianne

      It's an expansion and a victory. The only person who did any capitulating was Husted. He was forced into a corner and he gave us the best possible final weekend hours for the people we need to vote.

      I am guessing you are not in Ohio, browntrout, and know nothing about A. the habits of Democratic demographics in urban areas and B. Ohio election law.

      "Take over polling places"? "Civili disobedience"? Oh, that all sounds very fiery and romantic and man the ramparts and sock it to The Man and I feel like I'm listening to my SDS Weatherman sister in 1970.

      In Ohio, if you are in line at the time the polls close, you get to vote. Period. Trying to force your way in between 2-7 p.m. on Monday (the only hours not expanded) would be a. absurd because those are not the prime voting hours b. bad publicity that would be screaming from TV stations across the state on the evening before the election, complete with the outraged countenance of ORP chair Bob "The Thug" Bennett, acting all self-righteous and making  Democrats look like a ragtag bunch of yippies from the 60s.

      Great optic. Way to help Obama lose.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:13:01 AM PDT

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    •  You don't have to do it by force. (1+ / 0-)
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      It happens in every election in places other than Ohio.  If they want to close before everyone votes, as has happened before, you get a court order to keep them open and the Secretary of State knows that is what will happen.  You cannot willfully prevent people already in line from voting.

  •  I VOTED!!!! (3+ / 0-)
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    this morning.  At the Dolley Madison Library.  In McLean, Virginia!!!!!  The link is below!!!!  Go there find out how and why you can vote early!!!!!  I am 8A (will be working at polling place all day on election).  (Can you tell I am excited that I voted!!!!)

    http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/...

  •  Mail-in's the answer (0+ / 0-)

    "Nonetheless, those abbreviated early voting hours are more than would have been available if the courts hadn't slapped Husted down. The long-term solution is putting someone else in his job."

    Actually, the long-term solution is voting by mail.  If states allow this option, then there is less likelihood of monkey business like what went on in Florida in 2000 or in Ohio this year.

    I live in Colorado and have the option of voting by mail, which I do.  My only deadline is to have my ballot in the county clerk's office by election day.  And one can apply to be a mail-in voter at any time.  

    In my book, there are more plusses than minuses to voting by mail.  And I am sure that the states that have adopted this option have found this to be true for them as well.

    •  Mail-in is not, however, without its own... (2+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson, Ahianne

      ...problems, as you can see here.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:14:05 AM PDT

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      •  per your link (0+ / 0-)

        reason #2

        2.  the returned absentee ballot was not received back at the election office,
        i can drop off my absentee ballot at my precinct on election day.  i don't know how other states operate in that regard.  there is also the likelihood that if you requested an absentee ballot you won't be around on election day.  i have permanent absentee ballot status in California.  i don't remember a reason being required when i requested it.  i started voting by absentee on a paper ballot when questions started arising about voting machines back in '04 or '06.

        I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

        by blue drop on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 12:57:39 AM PDT

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    •  Mail-in is AN answer (2+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, Ahianne

      Personally I like it. I still see hordes of primarily people on the left who don't trust it. African-American voters don't trust it. A lot of education would need to be done.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:14:11 AM PDT

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  •  Voter suppression is straight up treason (2+ / 0-)
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    OldDragon, TrueBlueMajority

    Why are the perpetrators of this heinous treason not dragged into the street by their hair and beaten to death with tire irons and two-by-fours on national television? Why is this tolerated for a single second?
    Yeah, beating them over and over in court is swell, but as Husted shows us, they don't need no stinkin' laws to commit their treason.
    A "success" rate of less than 1% may be more than enough to cover the spread in some states.

    "Relax - there is no god and you are not going to hell." Rick Wingrove

    by thanksforallthefish on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 09:24:20 AM PDT

  •  Husted - Sec. of State in Ohio (3+ / 0-)
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    OldDragon, a2nite, growingMajorityMN

    Would love to see the Justice Dep't. put a tap on Husted's cell phone for the next few weeks and see who he is talking with.  Wouldn't be the least bit surprised to learn that he has Karl Rove on speed dial.

    How can we have a third party when we don't even have a second party?

    by Eagleye on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:02:31 AM PDT

  •  Knocked on doors this morning (2+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, Eric Nelson

    I did about 50 doors.
    I would do more today but my job is getting in the way !

    Sucks !

    GOTV

  •  Why is Husted (0+ / 0-)

    only allowing active duty soldiers to vote for four hours?

    Sorry, sometimes you gotta throw their arguments back at them.

    It's been a hundred years, isn't it time we stopped blaming Captain Smith for sinking the Titanic?

    by happymisanthropy on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:17:10 AM PDT

  •  The guy they arrested for tossing registrations (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    OldDragon, a2nite

    was only the one they accidentally caught. There are thousands of others out there. Be vigilant!

  •  Sure, the SOB made the hours (1+ / 0-)
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    a2nite

    on Sunday from 1-5 after the African-American church are long gone so that the churches can't do what they normally do which is provide buses to take church member to the polls after services.  How soon can we get rid of this sociopath?

  •  I am hoping this backfires (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Ahianne

    by firing up the Dems even more to get out the vote.  I used to have Republicans friends but I have come to dislike them to the point I don't even care to keep company with people who would stay with a party who would deny others the right to vote and still tell me how much they love America and how patriotic they are.  They deserve Romney but the rest of us don't.

  •  Every person who has registered to vote or thought (0+ / 0-)

    they have registered to vote and then is turned away from the polls for not being on the list should vote a questioned ballot and then follow up with a written description of when, where, and who registered them (as much as they remember or know).  

    If more than one person reports similar circumstances, clearly fraud is likely and the questioned ballot needs to be counted.

  •  gwb 43 (0+ / 0-)

    was an illegally elected pres in 2000 & 2004 and if all the votes had been tabulated we would not have had two wars and a deficit, what the scotus did was tantamount to fascism by intervening in the election, america had better watch out because it is teetering on the brink of  pure fascism and those on the right are the cause.
    voters as of now can put a temporary stop to this right wing trend but only an informed and involved electorate will permanently reverse americas drift away from democratic principles, maybe some citizens just doesn't care but beware your vote is next, i hope it is not too late.

  •  You know what this means? (0+ / 0-)

    Not only are voting times shorter, but the non-rich work and therefore have to take time off to vote.  And in an amazing coincidence, we are hearing stories of company-heads trying to shape their employees vote.  I've always wondered how eager republican bosses would be to let their employees off from work to go vote.  But I never thought I'd actually see it happening right in front of me.  These two things - shorter voting hours and overbearing bosses - have to be related.

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