As we touched on earlier this month, the attack on early-voting is still in full swing despite various challenges from the Obama campaign and ACLU. Ohio’s electoral process has been under siege since last year’s voter suppression bill, HB194. The legislation sought to severely limit the early-voting expansions enacted by former Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, after the 2004 election saw lines so absurdly long that some voters weren’t even able to cast their ballot. After thousands of volunteersrose up in outrage and collected 307,358 verified signatures to place HB194 on the 2012 ballot for repeal, the Republicans – weasels that they are – decided they weren’t about to allow their constituents to decide for themselves whether early voting is important. In order to ensure this referendum did not make it to the ballot, they passed SB295, which only partially repealed the previous legislation – thereby invalidating the petition while keeping many of the discriminatory aspects it aimed to correct.
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