Why Does Mitt Romney Want To Restrict Voting Rights For More Than 900,000 Ohio Veterans?

ProudProgressive 2012/08/06 15:54:50

This week's attempt by the Right Wing to try to distract the American public from the ongoing scandal of Mitt Romney's hidden tax returns was a little more disgraceful than usual for them. The Obama Administration has gone to court in Ohio to protect the voting rights of every citizen in that state. In Right Wing World, this became "Obama is trying to stop the military from voting." Of course, when even Fox agrees that there is nothing in the lawsuit that would restrict military voting, you'd think that would be enough for the "Make Obama Fail No Matter Who Else Suffers As a Result" crowd. But no, they continue to live in their own fantasy world.

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Why Does Mitt Romney Want To Restrict Voting Rights For More Than 900,000 Ohio Veterans?
By Jon Soltz (@jonsoltz) a two-tour Iraq veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org.
August 6, 2012

When I read stories this weekend that said the Obama campaign was suing to restrict the voting rights of military in Ohio, my blood got boiling. Of course, Think Progress has already documented that story, inflamed by the Romney campaign, is patently false. In fact, the Obama campaign was suing to block an Ohio law which restricts a very successful early voting program in the state. The President’s campaign was trying to keep expanded voting rights in place for everyone, military included. So, why am I still so disturbed?

Because Mitt Romney, by supporting the Ohio law that would do away with three days of early voting for all but those covered under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act (‘UOCAVA’), is supporting the restriction of voting rights for as many as 913,000 Ohio veterans. This includes military retirees with over 20 years of service and multiple deployments. In short, Mitt Romney supports efforts to make voting more difficult for the very people who have put their lives on the line after swearing an oath to uphold our Constitution and democracy.

Once you leave the military, you are no longer covered by UOCAVA. Your voting rights are the same as any civilian. That means the early voting law which Mitt Romney wants to undo, provided hundreds of thousands of Ohio veterans with more of an opportunity to vote. By all accounts, Ohio voters liked and used the early voting law. In 2008, nearly one-third of all ballots was cast under the early voting measures, surely many of them veterans.

Interestingly, the press reported that 15 military and veterans’ groups supported Romney’s position. That isn’t the case. Those groups actually petitioned the court to be involved in the case, because of their concerns that the end result, whatever it was, might hurt troops’ ability to vote. On Friday, the Obama Campaign actually signed a brief to the court that backed the petition of those groups – welcoming them into the case, because the Obama campaign says it wants to ensure that military voters aren’t kept from early voting. Now that we know the truth, I hope those groups will come out and fully support the President’s campaign, in court. Because if they don’t, the change in law will hurt so many who have served in uniform.

So, how is the law about to change? Under the previous statute, Ohioans were allowed to vote early, all the way up to election day. Under the new law that the Obama campaign is seeking to block, almost all Ohioans will not be able to vote early starting three days before the election – doing away with weekend voting, which was the easiest for those with a full time job, or multiple jobs.

For veterans, most of whom have full-time work, often in jobs they can’t leave during the day, that lessens their ability to vote.

We’ve already seen what a non-early-voting Ohio looks like. We saw it in 2004, when in many polling places had extremely long lines (especially in urban areas), and polling places were shut down before everyone in line had a chance to vote. Non-early voting, quite literally, resulted in the disenfranchisement of voters. That’s what Mitt Romney wants to go back to. That’s what he wants to subject nearly a million Ohio veterans to, after they wore the uniform, and swore their lives to uphold our Constitution, including the right to vote.

My question for Mitt Romney is simple: “Why won’t you join the Obama lawsuit in Ohio, and protect our veterans’ right to vote?”

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  • leslie 2012/08/06 16:48:37
    Because he knows they won't vote for him. THIS IS A DISGRACE............These Men and Women have sacrificed SO much for a Country that is now on the doorstep of telling them YOUR SERVICE WAS APPRECIATED BUT YOU CAN'T VOTE IN THIS ELECTION. VOTE NO ON ROMNEY VOTE NO ON ROMNEY VOTE NO ON ROMNEY

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  • Stoner 2012/08/06 18:19:13
  • ProudPr... Stoner 2012/08/06 18:57:59
    The difference is that the Republicans are lying about President Obama seeking to curtail military voting, while the Democrats are telling the truth.

    "Even Fox News acknowledges the purpose of the suit, noting “the lawsuit does not restrict the ability of military personnel to cast their ballots early.”

    The Romney campaign is totally unable to back up their candidate’s claim:

    Romney’s spokesman, Ryan Williams, in an interview Saturday could point to no place in Obama’s lawsuit that seeks to restrict the rights of military voters…

    Romney’s legal counsel, Katie Biber, said creating two separate classes of Ohio voters does not violate the 14th Amendment, though she also did not offer evidence that Obama’s lawsuit would make it tougher for members of the military to vote…"

  • **StarzAbove** 2012/08/06 18:18:44
    The Republicans are really getting desperate, this proves it plus just listen to the comments here on SH and you'll know they are desperate, and scared that the President will be reelected.
  • Stoner 2012/08/06 17:49:23 (edited)
    military doesnt support obama or romney ..they both dont want them to vote..doesnt surprise me though coming from two men that never served there country ...they just want to run her without serving her.i can send you to die but your vote isnt important ?that is a BIG ego if i have ever seen one.. from two men that want to run this country! funny
  • ProudPr... Stoner 2012/08/06 19:01:26
    LOL the picture of Reagan was from a publicity film. He never served in uniform. And the picture of GWB is pretty ironic given the fact that eve though his daddy pulled strings to keep him out of combat he couldn't even serve in the guard, deserting his post, losing his flight certification, and going off to work on political campaigns when he was supposed to be defending his country.

    As for President Obama, there was no draft when he was of military age.

    And do you REALLY want to open that can of worms given that Mitt Romney used his church membership to get out of serving in the military and instead spent two years living in French chateau complete with personal chef and chauffeur? President Obama was never called to serve. Mitt Romney was called and ran screaming from his responsibilities. George W. Bush was called and couldn't even show up at the job daddy got him instead of defending the country.
  • Stoner ProudPr... 2012/08/06 19:04:00 (edited)
    Regan pic is from Ronald Reagan in the U.S. Army Air Force during the 1940s. National Archives photo.
  • ProudPr... Stoner 2012/08/06 19:09:46

    I apologize, I was inaccurate. Upon further checking, it turns out that Reagan did briefly serve in the Air Force Reserve - as a liaison officer in San Francisco. He served there for less than a month before getting out of it because of "poor eyesight" (note that Reagan never wore glasses.) Then he was transferred to the First Motion Picture Unit (officially, the "18th Army Air Force Base Unit") where he spent the rest of the war making propaganda films (the good kind, for a change). He never left the United States during World War II.
  • Stoner ProudPr... 2012/08/06 19:14:30
    and identity card used by Reagan during his military duties from 1942 to 1945. Reagan worked in the film industry while in uniform, appearing in patriotic films like Jap Zero and For God and Country, both produced in 1943. He left the service at war’s end as a captain.
  • Stoner ProudPr... 2012/08/06 19:15:39
    its better than i never served
  • Stoner ProudPr... 2012/08/06 19:19:55 (edited)
    lol your part right though...both sides of the story i suppose
  • bigfoot ProudPr... 2012/08/06 22:01:34
    Heeee! Heeee! Heeee! PrP ,Stoner was watching the war on the movie screen with John Wayne and R.Reagan as the heroes.lets advocate for the return of the Draft and give Stoner number ONE.too bad Stoner didn't spend a winter vacation with the North Koreans during the war.I really chuckle at these Patriots,who still view war as a badge of honor as long as they don't have to fight and sacrifice.further on he retracts and clarifies his position.however,Reagan is an extremely poor example for his argument.good work as usual.
  • Stoner ProudPr... 2012/08/06 19:04:56
    it doesnt matter why they didnt serve
  • Stoner ProudPr... 2012/08/06 19:06:37
    Obama didnt have a SS# why he didnt serve?
  • CA Gal Stoner 2012/08/06 19:38:23
    CA Gal
    Actually President Obama was born in 1961, the same year as myself. Vietnam was over by the time he would have been eligible for the draft. I was 8 years old when my oldest brother was drafted and sent to Vietnam in 1969....he was KIA. Guess he took the bullet for Romney, Bush, Clinton, etc...but Obama was not old enough.
  • Stoner CA Gal 2012/08/06 19:45:39
    im not saying have to be drafted go to war or anything like that ..i just think that someone that wants to control the lives of war victims should have some experience in it with it.volunteer
  • CA Gal Stoner 2012/08/06 19:49:27
    CA Gal
    It would certainly give them better perspective...my other 2 brothers volunteered and joined the Navy even though no wars were going on at the time. I agree whole heartedly!!! The service grew them up in a hurry lol
  • Stoner CA Gal 2012/08/06 19:51:56
    gave them respect to i bet
  • CA Gal Stoner 2012/08/06 20:06:28
    CA Gal
    It certainly added to their respect but Dad was an old Navy man too...he taught them respect long before they enlisted.
  • Stoner CA Gal 2012/08/06 20:13:31 (edited)
    that was the good old days ...no respect anymore..the bad part is that these people (government) dont deserve it .
  • Stoner ProudPr... 2012/08/06 19:12:56
    i agree on romney just a cry baby rich spoiled little brat all grown up and stuck with the same screwed up values IMO
  • CA Gal ProudPr... 2012/08/06 19:33:49
    CA Gal
    Very well said!! I would add though, there are multiple wars going on right now and none of Mitt's five sons have volunteered either. It's easy to start wars when you know it won't be your children that will be dying.
  • CA Gal 2012/08/06 17:27:28 (edited)
    CA Gal
    This just shows how truly desperate Republicans are. They can't win on the issues, especially with a flip-flopping candidate such as Romney so they're trying to restrict as many people from voting as possible. There are very few cases of voter fraud so in my opinion much ado about nothing.When I read of the outrage from people on the right regarding President Obama's alleged attempt at restricting the military from voting, I knew it was BS and must be something trumped up by the right. LOL Right again!! Ohio is a major swing state and Republican's are trying to destroy any chance at a fair election cause they are very worried.
  • **Starz... CA Gal 2012/08/06 18:19:10
  • Stoner CA Gal 2012/08/06 19:47:26 (edited)
    flip flooper or a liar great choices this time around
  • leslie 2012/08/06 16:48:37
    Because he knows they won't vote for him. THIS IS A DISGRACE............These Men and Women have sacrificed SO much for a Country that is now on the doorstep of telling them YOUR SERVICE WAS APPRECIATED BUT YOU CAN'T VOTE IN THIS ELECTION. VOTE NO ON ROMNEY VOTE NO ON ROMNEY VOTE NO ON ROMNEY

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