Ohio voting turmoil. Again.
August 10, 2012 9:49 AM Subscribe
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As a consequence of the 2008 election, Ohio Republicans cut early voting back for the upcoming election from 35 days to 11 days, with the three days right before the election eliminated. Now, they've gone even further.
For the 2012 November election, in heavily Democratic cities like Cleveland, Columbus, Akron and Toledo, early voting hours will be limited to 8 am until 5 pm on weekdays beginning on October 1, with no voting at night or during the weekend, when it’s most convenient for working people to vote. Yet in solidly Republican counties like Warren and Butler, GOP election commissioners have approved expanded early voting hours on nights and weekends.
In Cleveland's Cuyahoga County, African Americans make up 28 percent of the population but were 56 percent of early voters in 2008. In Columbus's Franklin County, they make up 20 percent of the population but were 34 percent of early voters.
A report by the Democratic National Committee
estimated that 174,000 voters left the queues in 2004, waiting to vote. George W. Bush won in Ohio with 118,000 votes. Subsequently, Ohio added 35 early-voting days to the election calendar and 2008 went much smoother. Barack Obama won a majority of the votes in Ohio.
The Obama campaign has filed suit
in Federal court in Columbus to extend early voting days.