Obama is attempting to disenfranchise military voters in the most important swing state of Ohio.
The Obama for America Campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the Ohio Democratic Party filed suit in Ohio on July 17th to strike down part of that state’s law governing voting by members of the military. Their suit said that part of the law is “arbitrary” with “no discernible rational basis.”
Ohio allows the public to vote early in-person up until the Friday before the election. Members of the military are given three extra days to do so.
The Democrats see this as “arbitrary” and with “no discernible rational basis.” Given the unique demands on our military in terms of time and responsibilities, it is not arbitrary or irrational.
This is a transparent effort by the Obama administration to eliminate a voting bloc that will mostly go for Romney.
Response by Mitt Romney – he’s so American!
via Review Online
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fifteen military groups are opposing a federal lawsuit in Ohio brought by President Barack Obama’s campaign because they say it could threaten voter protections afforded to service members, such as the extended time they have to cast a ballot.
Obama’s campaign and Democrats filed the lawsuit last month against Ohio’s top elections official in a dispute over the battleground state’s law that restricts early, in-person voting during the final three days before Election Day.
The campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party contend the law unfairly ends in-person voting for most Ohioans three days earlier than it does for military and overseas voters.
Attorneys for the Democrats argue such “disparate” treatment is unconstitutional, and all voters should be able to vote on those days.
AMVETS, the National Guard Association of the United States, the Association of the U.S. Army and other organizations asked a judge late Wednesday to dismiss the lawsuit.
The military groups say federal and state law recognizes that service members need extra time to cast their ballots. They say they fear the precedent that could be set if a court finds that military voters shouldn’t be treated differently than other voters.
“Efforts to facilitate and maximize military voting should be welcomed, not viewed with constitutional suspicion,” the groups said in a court filing that seeks to intervene in the case.
Ohio is one of 32 states that allow voters to cast an early ballot by mail or in person without an excuse. In 2008, about 30 percent of the swing state’s total vote — or roughly 1.7 million ballots — came in ahead of Election Day…