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Overt Discrimination in Ohio-unfair early voting hours for Cuyahoga County

Some Ohio Counties get to vote early and some don't. Cuy Cty is not allowed extended voting hrs. Every voter in Cuy Cty should be outraged. You can do somthing about it!

I've been watching this story for a while. Early voting in Ohio is not being fairly applied. It's really an awful story about partisanship and a "win at all costs" mentality. 

If you live in Warren County or Butler County you can vote in the Nov elections, beginning in October, by going to a polling place in the evenings or on weekends. If you live in Cincinnati or Cuyahoga County early voting closes promptly at 5pm. Why the disparity? It depends if you live in a predominately Republican or Democratic county. Who can agree with this? Is this fair play?

There's been some reporting that the Secretary of State is considering standardizing early voting across Ohio because of the pressure by newspapers and calls from outraged citizens. Please lend your voice to creating a fair, equitable system of early voting that applies to all citizens regardless of home address and party affiliation.

State Info: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/agency/ContactUsAgency.aspx or call: (877) SOS-OHIO

http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/201208052259/NEWS0106/308050053

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/15/opinion/overt-discrimination-in-ohio.html?_r=1

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lyn August 26, 2012 at 06:08 PM
How about having Election Day being the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. It worked for over 150 years. Are you working from poll opening to close? You can't use work as an excuse, because you just need to tell them you need time off to vote. If you don't want to vote then, vote absentee. No one is or has been denied their right to vote. Its just a matter of getting off your lazy butts and getting there to do it on Election Day. Why should the taxpayers have to pay for election workers to be there at other times other than the true Election Day. And why should the taxpayers pay to mail absentee ballots or applications to people who did not request them. These are all a waste of my money. We all knew when Election Day use to be. Why do we need Election Days?
Tim Torrence August 26, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Incorrect by all measures. Voting is not a right it is a privilege. A right cannot be taken away without due process and is applied evenly across all people. A privilege can be legislated away by popular vote or a legislative act and is applied to those who meet the requirements.
The original Bill August 26, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Hey Ken; It might interest you to know the free cell phone program was started in August and September 2008 after being authorized by President Bush. Kinda hard to blame Obama since the election hadn't even been held yet. Plus the FCC program that started it was signed into law by Ronald Reagan. But go ahead and blame Obama. It just shows your ignorance
James Murphy August 26, 2012 at 09:25 PM
as posted earlier >>>>>>there is no excuse why someone cannot get to their voting booth in the 12 hours the polls are open to vote ...... I had to work is not an excuse in ohio http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3599.06
lyn August 26, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I think all this discussion about voting during weekend hours and evening hours is a complete waste of time. Just roll back the rules to what they were and what they always had been - voting in person ONLY on Election Day, after all, that is what it is called. Otherwise, a person should apply for an absentee ballot and vote that way. No one is or was ever harmed by the old method, despite what some want to argue about lazy people or someone who doesn't want to be inconvenienced by voting on that particular day. Everyone eligible has an equal chance to vote in person by law. And the taxpayers are saved dollars and we vote on the day we were meant to vote. Quit making everything political or one party against another.

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