There he goes again. President Barack Obama’s campaign filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against swing state Ohio after the state’s legislature made changes to voting laws. The changes mainly had to do with scheduling early vote days.
The changes in Ohio are similar to changes to Florida election procedures. In Florida, the state legislature reduced the number of days for early voting but permitted local officials to extend the hours for each day.
Florida has rarely seen long lines at early voting. Over a period of years, I’ve never witnessed more than a handful of people voting on early vote days. Quantity doesn’t matter—the costs for opening a location and manning it are the same regardless of the number voting.
Bill Nelson, a Democrat U.S. senator from Florida, actually asked the Dept. of Justice to investigate his own state’s voting procedures.
Fact is, even with changes to schedules, there’s ample time to vote. The country, after all, survived for hundreds of years without numerous early voting days.
Democrats are apparently also upset because the military in Ohio can still cast a ballot until the day before the election.
In contrast, Democrats weren’t at all upset when Obama’s Dept. of Justice handed out waivers to states who weren’t exactly eager to comply with laws making sure America’s military had an equal opportunity to vote.
The lawsuit is another in a long line of assaults on the states from Leftist groups and organizations. It’s understandable the Obama campaign would be concerned about turnout after hope and change evaporated during the former community organizer’s presidency.
Early vote schedules should be the province of the state, not the federal government. Early vote days give everyone an equal opportunity and there are more ways to vote than there ever have been.
CNS News noted remarks by Ohio Sec. of State John Husted:
“I didn't see a lawsuit occur when six counties had weekend voting and extended hours and 82 of them didn't,” Husted said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I'm sympathetic to the idea that we should have consistency, because that's exactly what we've been doing on a number of fronts."
Ohio blogger John Hull said Obama for America (OFA), the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party are all parties to the lawsuit.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/July 19, 2012)
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