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Battle over Ohio military voting law reflects high political stakes

evangelism_vision 2012/08/09 02:58:18
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obscure
Ohio voting law is suddenly at the center of a nasty
dispute between the Obama and Romney campaigns -- months before Election Day,
in a case that underscores how the campaigns are poised to fight for every last
vote.



The
Obama campaign says its court challenge to
Ohio's policy is about basic
fairness. The campaign objects to the state's two-tiered system allowing
members of the military to participate in early voting until the Monday before
Election Day, while everybody else faces a Friday deadline.





But
there's no denying the dispute is rich with political implications. In a close
race, the campaigns are preemptively fighting over a contest that could hold
electoral sway akin to
Florida's in 2000.



"I
think that everything that's been done, everything that's been said is
political, on both sides," said John Goheen, spokesman with the National
Guard Association of the United States, which, along with more than a dozen
other military groups, filed a motion opposing the Obama campaign's suit.



Here
are a few relevant facts:



· &...
Polling consistently shows military members less keen on President Obama
than non-military.


WHY IS OBAMA TRYING TO STOP THE MILITARY FROM VOTING?


Gallup
polling in May gave Mitt
Romney a 58-34 advantage over Obama among veterans.



· &...

Ohio has 18 electoral votes.
Obama narrowly won the state in 2008.

No Republican has won the presidency
without winning
Ohio.



· Ohio's two-tiered system is
unusual. However,
Ohio is hardly alone among
early voting states in making Friday the cutoff for most voters. Of the 32
states that allow early voting, most of them end that voting by the Friday
before the election. Only 11 states allow early voting until Monday.



So
why, then, the sudden attention on
Ohio's voting law?



Because
it's
Ohio, said Steffen Schmidt, a political science
professor at
Iowa State University.



"This
is one of the states where you can't not punch back," Schmidt told
FoxNews.com.



Schmidt
said he doubts this dispute -- over military members getting three extra days
to vote -- will amount to an election-deciding moment.



But
he said it shows how hyper-focused both campaigns are on just a handful of
battleground states, from the ads in those states to the court challenges over
voter laws.



Schmidt
suggested this could be risky business for the Obama campaign, since "you
don't ever want to really take on the military" or at least create that
impression. But he said that if the Obama campaign can put out the message that
other voters aren't getting a fair shake, it could end up energizing
non-military Obama supporters in the state.



Meanwhile,
the lawsuit -- and subsequent challenge from military groups -- has turned into
somewhat of a political Rorschach test.



Romney's
campaign effectively accused Obama of objecting to military early-voting
privileges. Obama's campaign countered that, to the contrary, it merely wanted
to extend that lengthy period for everybody.



"The
way Gov. Romney stated [the situation] is completely false," Obama
campaign adviser David Axelrod said on "Fox News Sunday." "It's
shameful that Gov. Romney would hide behind our service men and
women."



Romney's
campaign countered again, with counsel Katie Biber releasing a memo Sunday
defending the state of
Ohio.



"It
is not only constitutional, but commendable that the Ohio Legislature granted
military voters and their families this accommodation. It is despicable for the
Obama campaign to challenge
Ohio's lawful decision,"
she wrote.



Goheen
told FoxNews.com that, while military groups filed the motion in opposition to
the Obama campaign's suit, his association actually has no objection to making
Monday the cutoff for everybody.



He
said the association got involved mainly to make sure "our members in
Ohio had a voice," and is
staying out of the politics of the dispute.



"What
we don't want to see happen is a pullback of military voting rights to that
Friday," he said.



Ohio used to allow everybody to
vote until Monday, but
Ohio's GOP-controlled
government changed the law and created the two-tiered system.






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  • Burning Bright Embers 2012/08/09 13:37:24
    None of the above
    Burning Bright Embers
    When my father was in the military, they were not allowed to vote, but by in large, the military pretty much brainwashed their members to think Republican.
  • evangel... Burning... 2012/08/09 18:29:25
    evangelism_vision
    frankly let me be honest with you. YOU SIR ARE FULL OF CRAP
  • Burning... evangel... 2012/08/10 22:33:59
    Burning Bright Embers
    and you don't know your a** from a hole in the ground. You are too damned young to remember, but are probably among the brainwashed. and I doubt you have ever been honest

    jackass
  • evangel... evangel... 2012/08/10 23:40:39 (edited)
    evangelism_vision
    HEY BURNING IN LIBERALISM I BLOCKED YOU TOO THANKS!

    BY THE WAY! I AM OLD ENOUGH TO HAVE SERVED IN THE NAVY FOR 20 YEARS AND IF YOU THINK I AM BRAINWASHED BECAUSE I AM CONSERVATIVE

    A MAN
  • Gloryan... evangel... 2012/08/11 15:13:15 (edited)
    Gloryanna's Quill
    Where did you serve during WWII? And did you ever meet Gen Patton?
  • evangel... Gloryan... 2012/08/11 17:51:01
    evangelism_vision
    I WILL ANSWER YOU WHEN YOU ANSWER ME:

    1. ARE YOU A LIBERAL?

    2. DO YOU SUPPORT OBAMA


    Want an answer? you answer me Take it or Leave it
  • Gloryan... evangel... 2012/08/11 18:32:46
    Gloryanna's Quill
    I am not a liberal, and I do not support Obama. Now tell me, where did you serve during World War 2
  • evangel... Gloryan... 2012/08/11 18:35:20 (edited)
    evangelism_vision
    Thank you for answering Just interested

    I was a Gulf War I Disabled Veteran and served 20 years in the Navy. I am also a Viet Nam Veteran and served off the coast

    My Uncle was in WWII and was one of those in the Japanese Death March who survived
  • Gloryan... evangel... 2012/08/11 20:20:20
    Gloryanna's Quill
    Then ask your uncle if he was allowed to vote while he was in the military during WWII. What Burning had to say is not the first time I heard it, I was told that by my father and 3 uncles who served during WWII. They cover the Navy and the Army. That practice changed after that war, and the military was able to vote by the time we went into Korea.
  • evangel... Gloryan... 2012/08/11 20:32:38
    evangelism_vision
    I can't He died ten years ago of a Heart Attack

    But that was then.... The Point is........ Now they can ! And The Impostor In Chief is trying to keep Military from voting because Those in the Military that support Conservative Values are far out numbering Obama and He knows it.

    REMEMBER IN 2008 WHEN MANY OF THE MILITARY BALLOTS WERE THROWN OUT IN FLORIDA? AND HOW THE MILITARY BALLOTS ARRIVING IN OHIO IN 2008 MANY ALSO WERE DESTROYED AND DISCOVERED AFTER THE ELECTION.

    Obama will do whatever it takes to Wind LOOK ON GOGGLE AND RESEARCH, you will still find information about the 2008 Elections on line
  • Gloryan... evangel... 2012/08/11 21:13:11
    Gloryanna's Quill
    I believe you, I have questioned whether or not our votes actually count, or if these things are decided by the parties in secret. I do not believe that Obama was voted in,
  • evangel... Gloryan... 2012/08/11 21:33:33
    evangelism_vision
    Thank you. I really do a lot of Research but sadly a lot of Liberals don't.

    Remember in 2008 and how the black Panther tried to keep people from voting.

    In America that should not happen. Including Voter fraud. Everyone's votes should count. In an election year like World War II it was hard for people in battle to vote anyway... same can be said about now for troops but technology changes
  • Gloryan... evangel... 2012/08/13 19:00:17
    Gloryanna's Quill
    I don't recall the incident in 2008, I do recall the mess 2000 in Fla.
  • evangel... Gloryan... 2012/08/14 00:14:37 (edited)
    evangelism_vision
    The hanging Chads... Oh that was with AlGore that's right.. Well there's been so much Voter fraud over the years with the democrats it's hard to keep up
  • Bob DiN 2012/08/09 04:49:28
    YES OBAMA'S TRYING TO SCREW THE MILITARY VOTE
    Bob DiN
    Obama has no trouble with illegals, felons and dead people voting, but oh no not the Military. This Obama guy is really screwed up in the head
  • Ken 2012/08/09 04:04:03
    YES OBAMA'S TRYING TO SCREW THE MILITARY VOTE
    Ken
  • Pete 2012/08/09 03:24:18
    YES OBAMA'S TRYING TO SCREW THE MILITARY VOTE
    Pete
    +1
    I just received a message from King Obama's Democratic Central Committee, telling me to sign a petition to protest Republican governors' enacting discriminatory voter suppression measures in swing states targeting minorities, the urban poor, and the elderly. They say this is an attack on millions of Americans' right to vote. This is quite ironic and downright dishonest since King Obama is trying to do exactly the same thing: disenfranchise the military.
  • Balladeer-PWCM-POTL 2012/08/09 03:19:13
    YES OBAMA'S TRYING TO SCREW THE MILITARY VOTE
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    +1
    Illegals OK... military NO...pretty much sums up the Obie admin
  • evangelism_vision 2012/08/09 03:00:00
    YES OBAMA'S TRYING TO SCREW THE MILITARY VOTE
    evangelism_vision

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