By hook or by crook, the GOP is out to steal your vote — or stop you from voting altogether.
Recently, the Republicans in Ohio tried to put the ixnay on early voting in their state through a measure passed last year by the GOP-controlled legislature. The Romney campaign tried to turn this mess on President Obama by accusing him of trying to prevent groups like veterans and firefights and police from voting. However, the veterans caught wind of Romney’s BS and called him on the carpet for it. Meanwhile, the law was being reviewed by federal court, and was struck down last week by a federal judge.
Well, Ohio’s Secretary of State, is having no part of that ruling and is refusing to implement it:
Announcing new hours before the court case reaches final resolution will only serve to confuse voters and conflict with the standard of uniformity sought in Directive 2012-35. Therefore, there is no valid reason for my office or the county boards of elections to set hours for in-person absentee voting the last three days before the election at this time. If the appellate courts ultimately reverse the trial court’s decision, in-person absentee voting for non-UOCAVA voters will end the Friday before the election. If however, the appellate courts uphold the trial court’s decision, I will be required to issue a consistent uniform schedule for statewide in-person voting hours for the last three days before the election. I am confident there will be sufficient time after the conclusion of the appeal process to set uniform hours across the state.
So, basically what he’s saying is that, despite the court’s ruling, he’s willing to defy and obstruct that ruling, further muddying the waters for voters who, understandably so, may be a little confused come election day. But make no mistake, that’s exactly his aim. It’s like a shell game, where the sleight of hand is impossible to keep track of with the naked eye.
So, Ohio, it’s looks like it’s up to you to be on the ball with this one.