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Ohio schedules early voting

February 26, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio voters will get two Saturdays but no Sundays or evenings to cast early, in-person ballots during the statewide election this fall under a schedule set Tuesday by the......

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Feb-26-14 9:07 PM

Everything he just said is BS ~Joe Pesci, My Cousin Vinnie

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Feb-26-14 3:16 PM

Last week, GOP lawmakers in Ohio also ended the so-called “Golden Week” when Ohioans can register and vote on the same day, and also made it harder for voters to receive absentee ballots – strategies also designed to suppress the votes of minorities and young people. (A decade ago, during the 2004 elections, Ohioans struggled with long voting lines, so in 2008 state policymakers made it easier to vote. Now, Republicans are intent on doing the opposite.)

These moves have nothing whatever to do with reducing voting fraud (which has been the GOP's fig-leaf for its voter suppression drive). The Justice Department should take action immediately. - Robert Reich

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Feb-26-14 3:15 PM

The 2014 midterm elections, as well as 2016 presidential election, depend on turnout. High turnout among African-Americans, Latinos, young people, and women mean Democratic victories. Note also that the four biggest swing states in America are Ohio, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. So no one should be surprised that Ohio Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted announced yesterday he’s cutting early voting on Sundays and weekday evenings -- dooming a voting method popular among African-Americans whose churches and community groups often go to the polls after church on Sunday. In 2008, black voters were 56% of all weekend voters in Cuyahoga County, Ohio’s largest, even though they made up just 28% of the county’s population. (cont.)

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