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Ohio Republican Admits Party Trying To Disenfranchise Blacks

Ohio Republican Admits Party Trying To Disenfranchise Blacks

Ohio’s recent decision to curtail early voting in the state on nights and weekends in all districts smells a lot like voter suppression, especially since early voting and extended-hour voting is most often utilized by low-income and minority voters. And according to at least one Republican leader in the state, it is.

As ThinkProgress reports, Doug Preisse, chairman of the Republican Party in Franklin County admitted in an email to the Columbus Dispatch that black voters would now have a harder time voting. “I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine. Let’s be fair and reasonable.”

In the 2008 election 82 percent of early voters in Franklin County voted on nights or weekends, and Preisse was one of the boar of election members who blocked Democratic attempts to expand voting hours to evenings and weekends. Most recently, Secretary of State Jon Husted suspended two Democratic members of the Montgomery County Election Board for voting to allow weekend voting in spite of the call to cut hours.

Preisse’s comments while shocking, are sadly not surprising. He merely said publicly what Republicans say privately–that voter suppression efforts in key swing states like Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio will be the best bet for Republicans to win the 2012 election.

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7:59AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

Something to think about.

The Greatest Speech Ever - Charlie Chaplin !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmK4Y8r1lxI

11:36AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Repucklicans will do anything to win.

12:06PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

This not only shames the GOP! It shames America.

5:18PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

I agree Dr. C, but it doesn't seem like the advancement of the elective process as a fair activity is of high priority in certain states.

1:37PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

The Ohio republicans should be put in JAIL for this crap !!

1:28PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

@Michael G. [Chair Doug Preisse gave a surprisingly blunt answer to the Columbus Dispatch on Sunday: "I guess I really actually feel we shouldn't contort the voting process to accommodate the urban -- read African-American -- voter-turnout machine." Preisse is not some rogue operative but the chairman of the Republican Party in Ohio's second-largest county and a close adviser to Ohio Governor John Kasich.]

Those tasked with running the machinery of elections should have as their goals increasing the exercise of the constitutional right of voting by all citizens. To work to the contrary goals of limiting participation is about as anti-American and constitutionally subversive as it gets.

To subvert the vote for political gain is nothing short of criminal.

10:30AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Ohio GOP Admits Early Voting Cutbacks Are Racially Motivated

Why do Ohio Republicans suddenly feel so strongly about limiting early voting hours in Democratic counties? Franklin County (Columbus) GOP Chair Doug Preisse gave a surprisingly blunt answer to the Columbus Dispatch on Sunday: "I guess I really actually feel we shouldn't contort the voting process to accommodate the urban -- read African-American -- voter-turnout machine." Preisse is not some rogue operative but the chairman of the Republican Party in Ohio's second-largest county and a close adviser to Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Like Pennsylvania House majority leader Mike Turzai, who said his state's voter ID law "is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania," Preisse said publicly what many Republicans believe privately -- keeping turnout down among Obama supporters is the best way for the GOP to win the 2012 election. That's why, since the 2010 election, Republicans have devoted so much energy to voter-suppression efforts like limiting early voting hours, restricting voter registration drives, passing voter ID laws, disenfranchising ex-felons and purging the voter rolls.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Ohio-GOP-Admits-Early-Voti-by-Ari-Berman-120821-395.html

10:18AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

@JMarieF

I agree with toby.

that makes no sense at all

How do these current republicans even come close to comparing to JFK and Lyndon Johnson who worked together to pass the civil rights act of 1964 and managed one the biggest economic booms in history/kept the income gap from widening before nixon/reagan created the biggest income gap ever.

There is no way that you could think that without intentionally making it up into propaganda.

There's nothing even close about them.
I mean, how do you compare passing the civil rights act to a party that wants to deny LGBT's any rights for example?

That's utterly ridiculous.

10:10AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

strait from the horses mouth eh?

I don't care if you're liberal/republican or anything else,
you should respect the democratic process.
voter suppression is an absolutely despicable form of propaganda and electoral fraud that is totally unacceptable in a democratic society.

It is so corrosive to the democratic process that it can cause an entire generation to stop voting.
No one should want that.
If you do,
then you're as bad as a fascist.

Voter suppression is the equivalent of putting thugs outside of the polling stations in order to stop people from voting.

America is better than this.

respecting everyone's right to vote should be non-bipartisan.

9:49AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Deborah W - I think you are thinking about Dubya - the worst president of all time.
I think you should stop listening to Fixed Noise and listen to some REAL news.
One question - do you iron your sheets before you wear them?

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