Note from Dan: The missive below is from Jason, an Ohioan and semi-regular on this blog. He had planned not to vote in the presidential election, until he got so disgusted by GOP voter-suppression efforts in the Buckeye state that he decided instead to vote for President Obama. He’s married, he and his wife have one child, and he’s an indefatigable proponent of concealed carry. More on the potential voting and Election Day issues in Ohio here, here and here.
We have a Republican administration that, with no evidence of voter fraud, has been fighting like Hell to make it harder for Democrats to vote. They targeted areas that are Democratic strongholds:
“In response to the 2008 election results, Ohio Republicans drastically curtailed the early voting period in 2012 from 35 to 11 days, with no voting on the Sunday before the election, when African-American churches historically rally their congregants to go to the polls. (Ohio was one of five states to cut back on early voting since 2010.)
“Voting rights activists subsequently gathered enough signatures to block the new voting restrictions and force a referendum on Election Day. In reaction, Ohio Republicans repealed their own bill in the state legislature, but kept a ban on early voting three days before Election Day (a period when 93,000 Ohioans voted in 2008), adding an exception for active-duty members of the military, who tend to lean Republican.”
It could not be more simply put than, “We lose when more people vote. Let’s make less people vote.” Remember, they weren’t attempting to cut illegitimate voting.
More recently, when Democrats tried to add more early voting hours, Republicans on the election boards in those counties blocked them. Election boards are evenly split between Dems and Republicans, three of each. (Republican) Secretary of State John Husted breaks all ties.
The plan was so transparent in its malice that it was breathtaking. And obviously this isn’t unique to Ohio.
So take that, throw in a congressman who thinks that women’s bodies have rapist-sperm ejection seats (and he’s on the Science, Space, and Technology), another who thinks it’s god’s will that women be impregnated by rapists (which by default means that it is god’s will that they be raped in the first place), and on and on, and I’m going to vote to re-elect a man with whom I have numerous and immense problems.
Great job Republicans, you managed to be crazy enough and evil enough that you pushed a no-vote in a critical swing state into Obama’s column.
And it’s unlikely that I’m the only one.