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Spotlight Just the Facts: Democratic Members Of Ohio Election Board Removed For Supporting Voter Rights

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[important]Just the Facts[/important]

A note: The current battles between Democrats and Republicans are over Voter Suppression and Medicare; particularly Paul Ryan’s budget plan. The Republicans know that they can’t win a general election on their own merits so they have to limit the playing field – someway! They also know that the Government that helps in giving the population universal Healthcare or Healthcare like the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) will remain in power for some time. In addition, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are trying to tie Medicare and ACA together in a negative context to impact their message to rally the conservative base.

President Barack Obama has basically done the latter and that’s why they [the Republicans] in Congress have repealed ACA  (Obamacare) numerous times. Another reason why they’re attacking the Safety Nets programs like Medicare is to dismantle them; they, in my opinion, want America and Americans to suffer! One thing that they’re not talking about is Medicaid and this would have an immediate, negative effect on the populating that depends on that coverage through the Ryan plan. And, these same Republicans want control this country so bad that they can literately tastes it! Now, they’re thinking that it is the time to ” Take Our Country -Back !” Really, this is how many Republicans/Conservatives think, like the country was stolen from them. Let’s set the record straight, our ancestors stole this country from the indigenous population called the American Indians. Remember them?

It will not be good for the 99% of us if these radical Republicans take over the country in so many fronts – too numerous to list! And, one way that they plan on accomplishing that is by suppressing the vote and radically changing voter laws; suppressing the votes in their favor in all the battleground states – of late. See what Ohio’s doing below in their efforts to suppress and disenfranchise voters! 

Rep. Todd Akin, the GOP ’s candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri, suggested in an interview that it was time to “look at or overturn” the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of Just the Facts 1965. Asked directly if seminal federal civil rights legislation that prohibits discriminatory voting procedures needed to be modified or scrapped, Akin said that states — not the federal government — should set voting rules. According to Akin, elections “have historically always been a state thing” and that’s a “good principle.”

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits the states from implementing voting procedures that “ discriminate on the basis of race, color or membership in a language minority grou p.” The law built on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which “ prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.”

Akin has a reputation for extreme views on a variety of topics .

Update: Akin issues a statement to Fox 2 : “Congressman Todd Akin believes that the right to vote is fundamental to our country. He supports laws that protect these rights and did not say that he was opposed to the ‘civil rights and voting rights’ laws. Akin has, and always will, support the right to vote.”

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  [important] Democratic Members Of Ohio Election Board Removed For Supporting Voter Rights [/important]

If they can’t win on merits, they’ll prevent the opposition from voting – at least that seems to be the modus operandi for the 2012 Republican Party. I present exhibit number (I’ve lost count at this point). In Ohio, the Republican Secretary of State, John Husted, suspended the Democrats from the previously bipartisan election board because they supported weekend voting.

 Earlier, Husted cancelled weekend voting, which is a huge convenience for the working class. Dennis Lieberman and Tom Ritchie, Sr., the board’s only two Democrats, refused to vote with Husted. In turn, Husted suspended them from the board, saying in a letter, “You leave me no choice but to begin the process necessary to remove you as members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections.”The Dayton Daily News reports: See below: Husted suspends Democrats on election board

Ohioans start voting Oct. 2 and the debate over hours for in-person absentee voting (commonly called early voting) has been gaining steam for weeks in county boards of election across the state, all of which are made up of two Democrats and two Republicans.

Four of Ohio’s largest counties – encompassing Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo and Akron – deadlocked along party lines on whether to offer evening and weekend voting hours.

Joh Husted

Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted

Husted is the tiebreaking vote, and he denied extra hours, citing counties’ budget constraints and saying there “is sufficient time already available” for absentee voting.

But those four counties traditionally vote heavily Democratic, and there is a national backlash from Democrats who said Republican-dominated counties would have more opportunity to vote than Democratic-leaning counties.

In response, Husted on Wednesday announced a schedule that all 88 counties would have to follow that included some weekday evening voting hours, but no weekend hours.

The GOP ’s selection of candidates is fairly unpopular with the electorate. They are trying to buy the election through heavily funded Super PAC s, where Romney is leading Obama by about four to one, but even that is no guarantee of a win. So, in swing states, the emphasis is to prevent as many Democrats as possible from voting through voter suppression tactics such as voter IDs, requiring utility bills (many woman and young people have no utilities in their names) and changing the hours of voting and places of voting.

In Pennsylvania, GOP State House Leader, Mike Turzai , even admitted that his state’s voter suppression efforts were about electing Romney, not about some vague and undocumented notion of “voter fraud.”
In the meantime in Ohio, a hearing will take place on Monday to determine whether or not the board’s Democrats will be reinstated. The Obama administration is suing the State of Ohio over its attempts to cut the early voting period by three days.

Ohio, a nearly perpetual swing state, is no stranger to shady election tactics. As you may recall, in 2004, Ohio was the state that sealed George W. Bush’s reelection. Many claim it was through election fraud.

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 [important]Voter Suppression[/important]

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  [notice]Husted suspends Democrats on election board[/notice]

>by Jeremy P. Kelley |Staff Writer| DAYTON — Posted: 6:24 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 |Updated: 6:50 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 |
Husted suspends Democrats on election board

The two Democrats on the Montgomery County Board of Elections were suspended by Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted on Friday after they refused to back down in a standoff over extending in-person early voting hours for the upcoming election.

Dennis Lieberman and Tom Ritchie Sr. must appear at a hearing at 9 a.m. Monday in Columbus to decide whether they will be removed from office.

“You leave me no choice but to begin the process necessary to remove you as members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections,” Husted’s letter to the pair said.

Ohioans start voting Oct. 2 and the debate over hours for in-person absentee voting (commonly called early voting) has been gaining steam for weeks in county boards of election across the state, all of which are made up of two Democrats and two Republicans.

Four of Ohio’s largest counties – encompassing Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo and Akron – deadlocked along party lines on whether to offer evening and weekend voting hours. Husted is the tiebreaking vote, and he denied extra hours, citing counties’ budget constraints and saying there “is sufficient time already available” for absentee voting.

But those four counties traditionally vote heavily Democratic, and there is a national backlash from Democrats who said Republican-dominated counties would have more opportunity to vote than Democratic-leaning counties.

In response, Husted o Thomas Ritchie Sr., n Wednesday announced a schedule that all 88 counties would have to follow that included some weekday evening voting hours, but no weekend hours.

Dennis Lieberman

Board of Elections

Lieberman proposed Friday morning that Montgomery County continue to offer weekend voting hours, claiming that Husted’s recent directive on the topic did not specifically forbid that. After a heated – and profane – discussion, the board vote was a 2-2 tie along party lines, sending the issue to Husted.

Within hours, the Secretary of State’s office issued a sharply worded letter to the board, saying that any early voting outside the weekday hours listed in Wednesday’s directive would be a violation.
The state letter ordered Montgomery County’s elections board to meet again Friday afternoon and rescind Lieberman’s motion, adding that board members failing to follow a state directive could be fired – a claim that is supported by state law.

But in their afternoon meeting, Lieberman, an attorney and former county Democratic Party chair, refused to withdraw his motion, arguing both that his motion did not violate the directive, and that it was best for local voters. He acknowledged that the move could cost him his BOE job.

“I believe that this is so critical to our freedom in America, and to individual rights to vote, that I am doing what I think is right, and I cannot vote to rescind this motion,” Lieberman said. “In 10 years, I’ve never received a threat that if I don’t do what they want me to do, I could be fired. I find this reprehensible.”

After hearing of the suspension Friday night, Ritchie said that neither of the Republicans on the board made a motion to rescind Lieberman’s proposal either, and he wondered why they weren’t disciplined.

“I intend to fight this; I already have been in contact with legal counsel, and I’ll be prepared on Monday to answer (Husted’s) allegations,” Ritchie said, calling the elimination of weekend voting “a continued attempt to suppress Americans from exercising their right to vote.”

Husted announced late Friday that he had broken Friday’s morning’s 2-2 tie vote, and Montgomery County would not be allowed to have weekend voting hours or any other early voting hours outside those identified in his directive. He added that any board member who voted to do so in the future would face the same action as Lieberman and Ritchie.

Board member Greg Gantt, former chair of the county Republican Party, said during Friday afternoon’s meeting that he had never gone against a Secretary of State directive, regardless of which party the Secretary belonged to, and he wouldn’t start now. He responded angrily when Lieberman compared Gantt’s position to one taken at the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals.

“That’s not called for. Rescind the motion or not and let’s get out of here,” Gantt said. “I’m not going to sit here and listen to comments like that. … I am so disappointed that we’ve had such a great rapport on this board for the past decade, but it’s all (gone).”

Lieberman fired back, saying Gantt had made fun of Democrats’ concerns about voters being disenfranchised.

“I’m sorry if I’ve offended you Greg, but when you refer to our arguments as ‘hypothetical crap,’ I think you should expect some push back, and you got it.”

Local fight
Montgomery County’s BOE had previously approved its own hours for in-person absentee voting and had included four weekend days. Husted’s directive resulted in a net decrease of 10 early voting hours, but retained a total of 230 hours on 23 separate days.

Republican board member Kay Wick said Husted’s plan to mail an absentee ballot application to every registered voter solved concerns about in-office voting hours.

But Ritchie called it “a sad day,” saying weekend voting is important because residents should have more choice about how and when to vote. BOE officials said 10,829 Montgomery County residents voted on weekends during the 2008 presidential election, more than one-third of the 28,332 total in-office voters.
Dozens of residents and community leaders attended the Friday afternoon meeting. Clayton resident Elaine Herrick downplayed any hardship created by the lack of weekend voting hours, saying anyone who cares about the election has numerous ways to vote – by mail, on any of the 23 in-office days, or on Election Day itself.

Marty McMichael, pastor of Dixon United Methodist Church, said some people still will be denied the right to vote, and the issue will not be forgotten.

“Whatever happens here today, the community will be strengthened by it,” he said. “Because either the right thing will happen, or the wrong thing will happen, and then we will make our voices known.”


[notice]Turzai: Voter ID Will Allow Romney to Win Pa.[/notice]

Published on Jun 25, 2012 by

Pa. House Republican Leader Mike Turzai speaks on June 23, 2012


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