Saturday, August 4, 2012

This is no way to have an election

In 2008, Ohio allowed voters to vote, in person, for weeks before the election.  They called it "in person absentee voting", and tens of thousands of Ohioans used that option.  Perhaps they had to work on Tuesday and weren't able to get off.  Ohio, to its credit, was able to accommodate these people.  Democratic organizations were more ready to get their people to vote on these days.  It's not surprising, then, that when Republicans took power in 2010, they moved to eliminate in-person absentee voting in the three days before the election.  Civilians are allowed to vote early in person prior to 6pm on the Friday before they election, but after that, they can't.  Republicans did carve out an exception for military members, who would continue to be allowed to vote in the last three days.

As there is no good reason not to allow any eligible citizen to vote on those days, since workers have to be there anyway to let the military vote, the Obama campaign sued to reinstate civilian voters' right to vote on those three days too.  The campaign is in no way advocating that we don't allow soldiers to vote on those days.

Of course, Republicans blew up, claiming that "Obama campaign sues to restrict military voting in Ohio".  On Fox News, a "news" presenter said “If President Obama gets his way, the special voting rights of some of America’s finest will be eliminated.  The campaign is suing to keep members of the military from having extra time to cast their ballots in one key battlegound state.”  Even Romney himself released a statement saying:
"President Obama's lawsuit claiming it is unconstitutional for Ohio to allow servicemen and women extended early voting privileges during the state's early voting period is an outrage.  The brave men and women of our military make tremendous sacrifices to protect and defend our freedoms, and we should do everything we can to protect their fundamental right to vote. I stand with the fifteen military groups that are defending the rights of military voters, and if I'm entrusted to be the commander-in-chief, I'll work to protect the voting rights of our military, not undermine them."
Romney's statement is willfully ignorant of the true goal of Obama's suit, which would in no way affect soldiers' ability to vote.  Romney dishonestly implies that Obama is trying to undermine that ability.

1 comment:

TableTopJoe said...

The bottom line, which your post underscores, is that MOST of what Republicans do these days is merely pretextual.

Voter ID laws? Republicans claim that they exist to ensure that in-person voter fraud doesn't happen. However, these same Republicans quickly change the subject when asked to name any actual examples of in-person, fraudulent ID, voter fraud... the type of fraud that would be cured by these voter ID laws. Could it be that Republicans simply don't want the "wrong people" to vote?

Cut taxes on the wealthy to stimulate the economy? Ever notice how quickly they change the subject when asked where the economic utopia of the Bush tax cuts is? Why is it that after 30 years of trickle-down economics, the wealth hasn't trickled down? Could it be that the Republicans simply want to cut taxes on their wealthy patricians?

Screaming about the budget deficit? I've noticed that concern about the budget deficit seems to be the sole territory of the opposition party, regardless of who's in party. However, I've also noticed that the Republicans REFUSE to accept the legitimacy of any Democratic initiative, regardless of whether the Democrat was duly elected (see Obama, Barack H.).

Malpractice Reform? Working in litigation myself, I've often challenged doctors and/or Republicans to give me the name of a single doctor who has lost a malpractice case and didn't commit malpractice. Eight years later, I'm still waiting. Could it be that the Republicans simply want to defund Democratic party contributors?

I could go on, but I think I've made my point. I don't know what Republicans stand for because all of their initiatives seem to be merely a means to their ultimate end: power to return this country to the Gilded Age.

Remember, to Republicans, regressivity is not a bug to be worked out of their policies, it is a feature that is built in.