Aug 15, 2012

Hoping to Vote

As if working families weren’t struggling enough, The New York Times has revealed that now even voting is becoming difficult for workers.

Our Vote is Our Voice. We Must Protect It.
In Ohio, the Republican leaning suburbs will keep early voting locations open on evenings and weekends, but in largely Democratic cities like Cincinnati, early voting is being stopped at 5 p.m., and eliminated entirely on the weekends.

In Florida and Pennsylvania, strict voter ID laws have been passed to ensure “fair elections”.

There are two problems with that reasoning.

Number one, voter fraud isn’t common. Since 2000, studies have found about 1 instance of voter fraud for every 15 million eligible voters.

Number two, it’s easy to think that asking for a government ID isn’t such a burden, but don’t be fooled – it is. Relative to the general population, blacks, Hispanics, students, and senior citizens disproportionately lack proper identification and face structural barriers to obtaining one.

This Republican lead effort to ensure “fair elections” is nothing but a thinly veiled attempt to suppress minorities, students and elderly citizens from voting.

Trying to win an election is fine, but to do it by denying the basic right to vote to hundreds of thousands of people is despicable.

We need politicians who are committed to creating jobs and rewarding responsible workers who work hard and play by the rules. We deserve leaders who are genuinely concerned about giving a hand up to those who are struggling to find work and feed their families.

Unfortunately, legislatures in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa and other states where Republicans control key seats of power are choosing to spend their days preventing people from voting.

The politicians behind these efforts at disenfranchising large and clearly targeted groups of voters should be ashamed of themselves.

Go to the Facebook page for the Ohio Secretary of State. Tell them how inconsistent and unfair early voting laws disadvantage working families.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has made early voting hours uniform across all of Ohio. Unfortunately, there will be no early voting the weekend before the election.

In the 2008 Presidential election early voting was available the weekend before the election and it was very popular.

Secretary of State Husted’s Facebook page is currently accepting comments to see if people support having early voting open on the weekends. If you’re interested in taking 10 seconds to lodge your support, go to his Facebook page and simply say “I support extending early voting to the weekend before Election Day because those are the only days I have time to vote. I work during the week.”

Send this to all your friends and progressive co-workers in OH asap so that voting can be easy for everyone.

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