Another Blow Against Republican Efforts to Restrict Democrats from Casting Ballots
The Republican strategy in this election has been one of voter suppression. Under the guise of preventing voter fraud Republicans in many states have tried, with some success to set up barriers to voting by groups that would tend to vote Democratic. The philosophy of Republicans is clear, win by any means.
this meant stopping early voting which
had been scheduled to last up until almost the election. But Ohio Republicans got too cute. Thinking that military personnel might tend
to vote more Republican, they extended early voting for active duty personnel
only. A Federal Court
rightly found that this was illegal. Ohio
A federal appeals court on Friday sided with President Obama’s reelection campaign and said that if
allows military voters to cast ballots in the three days leading to Election
Day, it must extend the same opportunity to all voters. Ohio
A three-judge panel of the
Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit said the state had not shown why voting
during the Saturday-Sunday-Monday period should be offered to only one group of
And in a stunning rebuke to Republican attitudes on democracy the court made this statement.
“While there is a compelling reason to provide more opportunities for military voters to cast their ballots, there is no corresponding satisfactory reason to prevent non-military voters from casting their ballots as well,” wrote Circuit Judge Eric L. Clay.
“The public interest . . . favors permitting as many qualified voters to vote as possible,” he added.
Republicans feel that way also, except their definition of qualified voters is voters who vote Republican.