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Sunday, August 19, 2012

In Ohio, voting is only a right if you're white
Posted by Jill | 10:34 PM
It's infuriating that the Republicans aren't even trying anymore to hide that they plan to steal yet another presidential election through vote suppression and dirty tricks -- and all we hear is crickets and half-assed attempts at fighting back from the Democratic side of the aisle.

In Ohio, they're coming right out and saying that if you're black, voting is a "special right" that you shouldn't have:
An Ohio GOP election official who voted against the weekend voting rules that enabled thousands to cast ballots in the 2008 election said Sunday that he did not think that the state's early voting procedures should accommodate African-Americans.

"I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban -- read African-American -- voter-turnout machine," Doug Priesse said in an email to the Columbus Dispatch Sunday. "Let's be fair and reasonable."

Priesse is a member of the board of elections for Franklin County, which includes Columbus, and chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, on Wednesday ordered all 88 counties in Ohio to allow early voting Monday through Friday, until 7 p.m., during the final two weeks before the election. Weekend voting, however, will not be allowed.

Weekend voting helped 93,000 Ohioans cast ballots in the final three days before the 2008 election. Black churches promoted taking "your souls to the polls" events on the Sunday preceding the election, an option that will be unavailable if Husted's ruling stands.

Where is the fucking outrage????

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Blogger D. said...
We are not shouting into a void, even though sometimes it feels like that.

However, we have to keep shouting and that does wear on the vocal chords and the resolve.


Blogger evodevo said...
My question is, where are the thousands of disenfranchized voters marching in the streets protesting this? I am a child of the '60's and remember the civil rights marches. So where are they today? Nothing will change until they wake up and raise cain.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Maybe they think protesting via Twitter will be enough.