New York, New Jersey Attempt to Expand Voting Options to Compensate for Hurricane Sandy’s Impact

By: Monday November 5, 2012 7:02 am

In contrast to Florida and Ohio, two states suffering from the worst effects of Hurricane Sandy are working to ensure the maximum voter turnout tomorrow. Of course, both states suppress their voters by not holding early voting options. But New York and New Jersey, concerned about Election Day just one week after Superstorm Sandy, have [...]

Voter Suppression In Action in Florida, Ohio Over the Weekend

By: Monday November 5, 2012 6:20 am

Polls predicting a narrow victory for President Obama in tomorrow’s Presidential election are only “skewed” in the sense that they don’t take into account the persistent attempts at voter suppression in key battleground states controlled by Republicans. The Obama campaign’s strategy to bank early votes and get sporadic voters out to cast their ballot only [...]

Bracing for the Impact of Hurricane Sandy on Election Day

By: Friday November 2, 2012 8:30 am

We’re four days out from an election, and four days behind a hurricane that smashed into the Northeast. Millions of homes remain without power, though it’s slowly coming back online. Minds are focused on rescue and recovery. How exactly will this region shift into an election footing next Tuesday? The first question concerns the logistical [...]

Supreme Court Will Not Interfere With Ohio Early Voting Ruling

By: Tuesday October 16, 2012 11:30 am

The Supreme Court will not step in to block early voting hours in Ohio, delivering a win to voting rights advocates and the Obama campaign, which needs the help as polling starts to turn away from them.

Hard-Working Vote Suppressor Jon Husted Appeals Ohio Early Voting Ruling to Supreme Court

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 11:27 am

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has been tireless in attempting to stop citizens in his state from voting. He has tried to ending the counting of provisional ballots in areas where the ballots were mistakenly cast in the wrong precinct. This is a serious problem in urban areas like Cleveland, where multiple precincts vote [...]

Ohio Secretary of State Rescinds Order, County Election Boards Can Set Up Expanded Early Voting

By: Monday September 10, 2012 12:21 pm

We last left this saga of Jon Husted, the Secretary of State of Ohio, with him sending a directive to boards of elections in Ohio telling them to stop preparations for early voting on the last week of the election. This relates to a federal court ruling that restored early voting at those times. This [...]

Ohio Secretary of State Husted Ordered into Court After He Refuses to Prep for Early Voting

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 8:20 am

When we last left the early voting tussle in Ohio, a federal judge ordered the state to open the polls on the weekend before the election. The Secretary of State, Jon Husted, planned to file an appeal. But he went further than that. He said that he would not institute the court order until after [...]

Federal Court Rules to Open Early Voting on Weekend Before Election in Ohio

By: Friday August 31, 2012 10:21 am

For the fourth time this week, a federal court has struck down a policy put forward by Republicans that would either constrict voting rights or dilute the power of minority votes. We had the voter ID law in Texas, the redistricting maps in Texas, the restrictions on voter registration in Florida, and now the restoration [...]

Ohio Secretary of State Fires Two Democrats for Pushing Weekend Early Voting

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 8:01 am

We have been waiting to see how Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted would deal with some wayward Democratic County Board of Elections members who desired to reverse his ruling and allow weekend early voting in their constituencies. We have our answer. Husted fired Tom Ritchie Sr. and Dennis Lieberman, two board members in the [...]

Ohio Counties Defying Secretary of State, Planning on Weekend Early Voting

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 1:20 pm

One of the more novel voter suppression techniques being rolled out by conservatives in swing states is what has gone on in Ohio. The Secretary of State, Jon Husted, first tried to mandate that Republican counties would have extended early voting hours, while Democratic counties would see their early voting hours reduced. That generated too [...]

Federal Court Blocks Florida Early Voting Restrictions

By: Friday August 17, 2012 8:55 am

A quick dispatch from the war on voting: a federal judge in Florida has overturned state limits on early voting saying that the law would violate the civil rights of minorities in several counties. Several counties in Florida are covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires certain areas with a history [...]

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