Ohio has introduced a new tactic in their broader attempts to make it even harder for Democratic voters to get to the polls this year. Early voting stations in Ohio’s heavily Democratic counties will only be open between 8 am and 5 pm, while Republican counties have expanded their hours to allow voting on nights and weekends.
This rule is the latest in a broader attack on voting rights in Ohio, which often comes down to a tiny margin of votes.
Ohio Republicans are currently ensconced in a legal battle with the Obama campaign over another new rule that would limit early voting in the three day period before the election exclusively to military families. Mitt Romney falsely claims Obama’s lawsuit is meant to take away voting rights from military families, when in fact he is simply trying to restore voting rights to all Ohio residents. Early voting was introduced to mitigate Ohio’s notoriously chaotic elections, in which thousands of votes are tossed due to clerical errors and bureaucratic confusion.
Apparently the Ohio Republicans are damned and determined not to allow the President to win Ohio again, even if they have to disenfranchise millions of their citizens to do it. So much for the idea of fair elections.
It seems beyond obvious that the Republicans KNOW they cannot win this election on the merits of their candidate or his platform, and are instead doing everything in their power to keep as many Independents and Democrats away from the polls as possible while doing everything except driving Republicans to the polls to help them vote.
The GOP is using similar tactics all over the country, and have demonstrated that they consider democracy to be a failed concept and instead simply want to grab power any way that they can.