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 [...]

“Glitch” in Ohio Secretary of State’s Office Could Affect Thousands of Voter Registrations

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 12:14 pm

Close elections like this always expose the unseemly lack of competence in our federal elections, the main decisions of which are left up to partisan elected officials in the states. This Jon Husted guy in Ohio is starting to make past Republican Secretaries of State like Katherine Harris and Ken Blackwell look like, well, the [...]

Appeals Court Stays Ruling, Potentially Allowing Ohio to Disenfranchise Voters Because of Poll Worker Error

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 6:13 am

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted may get his wish of disenfranchisement after all. A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday placed a stay on a lower court ruling that would allow voter disenfranchisement based on poll worker error. The panel, all appointed by either Bush 41 or Bush 43, ruled [...]

Jeep Auto Workers Fear for Their Jobs After False Romney Ads in Ohio

By: Tuesday October 30, 2012 12:19 pm

Mitt Romney’s latest play for Ohio – which remains the touchstone of the entire election, desperate plays for Minnesota and Pennsylvania aside – apparently involves straight-up lying about the intentions of Chrysler to “build Jeeps in China,” to the extent that Jeep factory employees are calling their managers wondering if they still have a job. [...]

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 [...]

Rep. Cummings Asks True the Vote for Documents About Voter Registration Challenges

By: Friday October 5, 2012 12:23 pm

I’ve written previously about the Texas-based Tea Party group “True the Vote” involving themselves in voter suppression efforts in swing states. Some state laws allow any individual to challenge another’s voting status, and this has been put to use by True the Vote’s spinoff organizations in Ohio and at least three other states, to a [...]

Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Continue

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 1:00 pm

The Commonwealth judge in the Pennsylvania voter ID case will not rule today on the fate of the law. But even if the judge vacates the voter ID law for Pennsylvania, that does not end the spate of voter suppression efforts nationwide. In fact, two new efforts have just heated up. In Florida, Governor Rick [...]

Incumbency Has Its Privileges: When Criticized by Romney on China, Obama Administration Announces Trade Enforcement

By: Monday September 17, 2012 11:06 am

The United States has filed the latest in a series of trade actions against China at the WTO, this one objecting to unfair dumping of subsidized Chinese auto parts. But the relatively limited scope of the action, along with the political context, suggests this is about more than just unfair trade practices. The case brought [...]

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 [...]

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