October 9th, 2012 By German Lopez | News | Posted In: 2012 Election, Government, News, Democrats, Republicans, Voting

Husted to Appeal Early Vote Ruling

U.S. Supreme Court could be next stop for early voting during final three days before election

jon_husted_518045cOhio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted will appeal a ruling that expanded voting during the three days before Election Day to all Ohioans. If the appeal is approved, the early voting issue will be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Friday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with President Barack Obama's campaign and the Democrats when it said voting during the weekend and Monday before Election Day must include all Ohioans. Previously, the three early voting days only applied to military personnel and their families.

The appeals court ruling passed the final decision behind the three voting days to the county boards of elections and Husted. Unless Husted enacts uniform rules like he has done in the past, boards of elections will decide whether voting will still take place on those days.

If there is a tie vote, Husted will be the tie breaker.

In a statement, Husted hinted at setting uniform rules if the appeal is unsuccessful: “Since some boards of elections have already started to take action on hours of operation for the three days before Election Day, I am going to take time to consult with all 88 counties before crafting a directive to set uniform hours should the state not be successful upon appeal.”

In the past, Husted argued voting procedures should ideally be “locked down” months before Election Day. But with this appeal to the Supreme Court, the rules will remain up in the air.

Ohio Republicans have repeatedly blocked any expansion of in-person early voting, citing racial politics and costs. Doug Preisse, close adviser to Gov. John Kasich and chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party, said in an email to The Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 19, “I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine.” Black voters tend to favor Democrats by big margins.

10.09.2012 at 02:37 Reply

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in "Democracy In America," "The greatest part of British America was peopled by men who having shaken off the authority of the Pope, acknowledged no other religious supremacy." This country was founded by Protestants and Deists for Protestants and Deists and Catholic Churches were burned in the Colonial days. The question is not why did Catholics come to this Protestant country, but why did this Protestant country allow Catholics to come here? Americans are guided by our Constitution not the Vatican!
Many brave people, excluding Catholics, fought, sacrificed and died for our right to  vote.  Voting is a privilege and a patriotic duty and patriotic Americans should exercise that duty which is so crucial to our Democracy. 
Citizens should be encouraged to exercise their right to vote.  Instead insidious ingrates like Jon Husted is attempting to impede the patriotic duty to vote.
Of all the industrialized countries, America has the fewest number of citizens who engage in this process which is unAmerican! Catholics are among those who are engaged in this vulgar exercise of voter suppression.  This is inimical to our Democracy and I would encourage those Catholics who are too fragile for our Democracy, designed for and by Protestants. to return to the Catholic Country from which they emigrated.  Bon Voyage!