Politics

Obama Files Lawsuit Against Ohio to Block New Voting Rules

Mon., Aug. 6, 2012 12:49 PM EDT
by Terry Shropshire

President Obama has joined the head of the U.S. Department of Justice, Eric Holder in taking an active role in battling those states that are suddenly changing decades-old and centuries-old voting laws for this year’s election. The 44th president of the United States is suing the state of Ohio over changing election laws for the military, putting Obama’s re-election campaign and members of some military groups on a collision course over voting rights in the critical state of Ohio.

No Republican presidential candidate has ever won the White House after losing the state of Ohio. So the back-and-forth chess moves by the left and the right is to get an advantage in the all important Buckeye State.

The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee have filed a lawsuit to block a new state law allowing men and women in uniform to vote up until the Monday right before an election, while the cutoff on early voting for the rest of the public is three days earlier.

Obama campaign officials relayed to Fox News that they are not trying to restrict the voting rights of military members, but to keep the playing field level for all voters in Ohio, by allowing early voting up until Monday for everyone, including members of the military. They contend that a two-tiered, early-voting process is unfair.

“Along with the DNC and Ohio Democratic Party, this campaign filed a lawsuit to reinstate equal, early-voting rights for all Ohioans — rights the Republican controlled legislature arbitrarily stripped away this past year,” Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, said in an email to supporters.

The National Guard Association and sympathizing military groups oppose Obama’s lawsuit vehemently, stating that it’s “offensive” for Democrats to suggest in the lawsuit it’s arbitrary for service members to get special consideration.

Men and women in uniform typically get more time than other voters to send in absentee ballots since they may be serving in an overseas or domestic location that is not close to their home polling station. 

 

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