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POLL: Three Days of Ohio Early Voting Restored by Federal Judge

Judge agrees with Obama campaign that the law was unconstitutional.

An Ohio law that cut out three days of early voting was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge today, according to The Plain Dealer

Traditionally, voters could go to the polls and vote through the Monday before Election Day. An election reform law that stopped the early voting on Friday essentially eliminated three days of early voting. 

President Barack Obama's campaign and Ohio's Democratic Party sued Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, saying the law was unconstitutional. 

Judge Peter C. Economus of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio overruled the law today and restored the three voting days. 

Husted said he was reviewing the decision and had nothing to say about it, the Huffington Post reports. 

lyn September 06, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Have you ever needed to ask those volunteers a question? Have you ever needed help with anything at your polling place? If so, you know those volunteers do help out, but do the most basic duties and other paid employees are also there and needed.
Glinda Smith September 06, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Richard - lyn could care less about anyone else. Her entire ethos is ME ME ME MINE MINE MINE!!!
lyn September 06, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Glinda- Everyone has the ability to vote absentee. That is about everyone. Not you or me. Get over it.
Adele Eisner September 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I'm deeply saddened to view this basest level of comment here on Patch. Traditionally comments here have demonstrated a sophisticated level of focused human thought and productive exchange based on facts. But here, it's clear that some of the most rabid speakers are fact-averse, and in "lyn's" words - and as clearly demonstrated by herself - they are too "lazy" to "get their butts up" from their computer chairs and out of the echo chamber of their own fear-hate-closed minds and highly limited perceptions, fed by similarly mongering "news" and like groups, which then might enable them to find supportable specifics worth sharing before speaking, and especially before just repeating their tunnel-vision view mostly hurled against all minorities and the poor, while yelling they're "RIGHT!" Take “Ray” for example, another person not willing put his name to his offerings, about absentee and early in-person absentee voting, he says “Another great victory from the party that elects officials illegally by using illegal aliens with stolen credentials and dead people to cast ballots...” Ray, “no-excuse absentee voting” was made law by Ohio’s 126th General Assembly in 2006, which held a GOP majority in both houses (and with a GOP Secretary of State.) Though the vote was bipartisan, it was a GOP-passed and implemented law.
Adele Eisner September 10, 2012 at 12:24 AM
And regarding the proofs you were asked for regarding all your “illegals’ and “illegallies” but you ignored, I understand why. I’ve closely observed Cuyahoga elections since 2005, from mandated strict verification processes before and during elections, through the final counting weeks afterwards, and know you won’t be able to find such proofs. (Just slingin’ what you heard, y’know.) Or to “lyn”, who while using the most dangerous type of “lazy” to the growth of all humanity - laziness of thought/abdication of truth to own biases – you profess to know what is easy and best for everyone else, especially the “any-color poor” to conduct their lives (though with whom you’ve apparently had minimal meaningful contact.) Did you know that in 2008, the entire cost of processing the thousands of early-in-person voters (who stood and stayed in long lines at the board, unlike “errands” at WalMart) was only $2.28 per voter – a cost that’s destined to be exceeded this year for mail-in ABSENTEE (sic) voting, when considering the mandated first class postage for sending out each many-issue, multi-page ballot (not counted, but also a cost from voters sending ballots back in) plus all the extra personnel (30-150 people, as needed for months) to verify, send each correct ballot, monitor, receive and verify incoming ballots.
Adele Eisner September 10, 2012 at 12:27 AM
So even should the Constitution prevail in this case after Husted spends thousands more of your dollars trying to keep the GOP-desired discriminatory, unequal voting field to better assure a win (albeit cheated) you and your dog can rest assured that it won’t be those “lazy people” who will somehow be stealing his dog food from your cupboards. In any case, the only waster of your tax revenue, and waster of democracy, will be Husted. Or to the person who said he actually checked out HB224, and SB295 and could find nothing in there about these three days of early in person voting, (previously largely used by African-Americans for many good cultural and necessity reasons,) which the Republican dominated legislature was determined to yank from existence between their March primary and this presidential election. You forgot to look at the beginning, HB194, and then follow the facts. HB194 was the bill, that contained for instance, a shortened absentee period, allowance for poll workers to show voters (even selectively) to the wrong precinct so their votes wouldn’t count, mandated far more crowding at polling locations in urban areas than in non-urban, and conveniently, the removal of the last three days of in-person absentee voting just in time for this election. The legislature jammed through HB194, ignoring all bipartisan feedback about their discrimination.
Adele Eisner September 10, 2012 at 12:30 AM
A citizens’ referendum was started shortly after Kasich signed 194, which garnered over 330,000 verified signatures in a short time to qualify the referendum for a citizens’ vote on the November ballot. However, fearing the referendum’s freezing the ban on those last 3 days of voting and its effect for this election, the GOP-dominated legislature also then proceeded to, right after the referendum effort started, jam through HB224, which they said was only for military voters. But right before the vote, they word-twisted to sneak back in the 3-day ban (except for active military) into that long bill. Then still afraid that too many people from all parties would actually see them blatantly taking away voters rights if HB194 actually got on the ballot, they then with SB295 said they were totally repealing HB194 before it went to a vote of the people (to many, still an unprecedented and highly legally questionable act.) So they jammed SB295 through too, and only days before their rushed vote, did many lawyers after combing through all recently rushed bills notice their sleight of hand, and sneaky misrepresentations, and the unequal franchise they’d created in HB224 - not taking the repeal back to pre-HB194 status.
Adele Eisner September 10, 2012 at 12:37 AM
That’s what’s at the core of this suit and Judge Economus’s Constitutionally promised equal protection decision. The banning of all other previously available weekend voting options for this election, came from Husted himself, through his “tie-breaking” decree, under the guise of “uniformity,” but with a method that was self-contradictory. He continued marching to his party’s orders - and also there used lots of our tax money - to create and sell a host of unjustifiable cover stories, to try to further his own political aspirations. No matter how one cuts it, that devised inequality and takings away, all together is called voter suppression.
Adele Eisner September 10, 2012 at 12:47 AM
It’s been reported that GOP operatives have calculated that to win Romney needs 61% of the white vote. So it’s no surprise that they and their uber-funded PACS want to amplify the already unresolved and unsupported fears of many - as racism is certainly not dead but often just seethes under the surface - thus they plant as many unsupported generalized aspersions at minorities and the poor as possible. I’m deeply saddened that so many here, no matter how one chooses to vote based on the actual thought about actual issues and the future of this country, have stopped checking out broad reality outside their own echo chambers, have stopped thinking, have not risen above the toxic rot and hate, and have instead have bought into believing that it’s OK for themselves to also sling whatever lies and toxic hate about others they want. This is not only devastating to the quality of the majority vote, moreso it's devastating to the promise of more peaceful transformation of humanity into the best we can be together, not the worst - driven only by knee jerk reptilian fears.
lyn September 10, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Adele- Hey, I don't care what either party stands for. And the only cable "news" channel I will put on is CNN, I'm sure you will find a bias there. But I may watch both MSNBC and FOX after the convention speeches or debates just to see how each will put their spin on them. Unlike you, I believe in some of both parties positions - and against some. My ballot is a combination of votes for people from both parties - so much so that one would probably not be able to peg me into either party. So, back off. You can run at the mouth against the GOP, but I could care less. I still think everyone knows when ELECTION DAY is and keep it as one day. If you can't get to the polls because of legitimate reasons OR because you are too lazy to get off your butt and get there that day, VOTE ABSENTEE. And, applications for voting absentee should only be sent to those requesting it. It really doesn't matter your reasons for voting either way! I take issue with people trying to manipulate the vote. And, you also probably have a problem with people showing proof of who they are when voting. If you do, then that really shows you just tie your beliefs along party lines. Think for yourself, because THAT should not even be a problem. Are you Adele Eisener - please show proof before voting. Easy. Several ways to do that. Or, just be more confrontational and whine some more about nonsense. Otherwise, what is to keep me from walking in and voting as every person on my street?
lyn September 10, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Regarding this illogical debate created by a few, I have No fears. No hatred. No racism. I doubt you are sad - you are an angry, bitter person who appears to support any position that is ANTI-GOP. You are just as bad as those who said from Obama's beginning that they hope he fails. What I am is intolerant of people like you who can't think for themselves, logically.
lyn September 10, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Adele- So, where I vote in Strongsville, our precinct ALWAYS has a MUCH longer line than ANY other in our ward. So, when I look at those other lines that are much shorter, and I am standing in the line that goes to the door, based on all you are saying, I should feel somehow discriminated against. And, all this time I thought it was just a problem that needed to be corrected. And that poor acquaintance of mine who was at the polls the same time I was last year. She had recently moved and had been sent back and forth between her old and new polling places. WOW! We both thought they just didn't know where she was suppose to vote. But, once again, based on what you are saying, that upper middle class lady should now feel discriminated against, instead of feeling like they were wasting her time. But, she still voted!
Glinda Smith September 10, 2012 at 03:51 PM
A lot people, rightly or wrongly, fear their vote will not be counted if they use the absentee ballot. I am not necessarily one of them, I'm just reporting what people have said to me.
Glinda Smith September 10, 2012 at 03:53 PM
A lot of black people are suspicious of absentee ballots. They don't believe their vote will be counted.
lyn September 10, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Glinda- I can understand people being suspicious about matters regarding this topic. But, that is not tangible. Just as you have been asking posters to provide proof for what they say, you should disregard a gut feeling about something as opposed to reality. A gut feeling doesn't mean that an absentee vote will not be counted. The same accusation could be made about when you are done voting at the polls - where are they really putting my ballot, will they really count it? A suspicion is not a reason to disregard the fact that absentee voting is an easy, valid alternative. At some point you have to accept that the system will probably work as it is suppose to. To think differently is being paranoid and living a life where you think people are out to get you, or have an agenda bigger than you. Actually, we are all just little pawns in life and at the end of the day, the next person goes to bed without even giving you a second thought. But, I am not talking about real "causes", just what people say or think. They have more important things going on in their lives to worry about something petty. Like when someone gossips - it fills the void, but unless they are truly evil and out to do harm, they won't even be thinking about you 2 hours later. Some other topic will always take its place. Just a little rambling....
Hay Farmer September 10, 2012 at 06:38 PM
VETERANS be aware that Ryan has cut VA benefits and the Senate has voted it through. Congressional District #1 Republican Candidate Randy Altschuler and a few other Republican candidates around the nation are needed to pass this bill in the House in the next session. They only need a hand full of seats to get it done. Republican candidates, like Altschuler, are the key link. Read the NY Times today. Take your time, it's a bit complicated, which is what Romney and Ryan hoped for, so us veterans wouldn't be able to understand it. It comes down to one thing and one thing only: Either Romney and Ryan tell us veterans "There are NO CUTS in the Ryan Budget to VA benefits" or they're lying to us. The Times and Congressional Budget Office make it clear...HUGE CUTS have been made. Read the article: http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/edsall-the-ryan-sinkhole/?nl=opinion&emc=edit_ty_20120910 This is a game changer for this Republican. My family has many veterans and cutting their benefits is like the enemy cutting their throats. I never thought the Republicans would do this to us, but they have. It's already been voted upon in the Senate, but thanks to Democrats, it was stopped in the House. Read the Times and be careful voting for Republicans...they do not support veterans like they say they do and the proof is in their work in 2012.
Nathaniel Brooks September 10, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Lyn is from strongsville, but comes here to spew her filth. They're a real smart bunch out in strongsville, that's why Rockefeller chose to conduct his business there. No, wait that was Cleveland wasn't it. Voting for Romney/Ryan is like a chicken voting for Colonel Snaders. Lyn no one cares what people out in strongsville think lol, I know I don't.
Nathaniel Brooks September 10, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Also, hay farmer is right. The Republicans are trying to stick it to Veterans. For shame. They fight your wars and then you give them the shaft, patriotism at its best.
lyn September 10, 2012 at 08:26 PM
nAt old boy- This article was also on theStrongsville Patch and all are free to comment. But, from now on - when you see my name - just ignore my comments, seeing as you are incapable of caring about other opinions. FYI - I have a couple of concerns wiht Romney/Ryan. But many more with Obama - with him, we have his record as a pres to come to our own conclusions.
lyn September 10, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Hay- You put a link on there calling it an article, but it is from The New York Times OPINION PAGE: http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/edsall-the-ryan-sinkhole/ and, unless I read it twice too fast, this comment does not contain what you wrote. Is it from someone's comment on this guys opinion? Anyway, I don't like a lot of what Ryan wants to do. But I do believe in 2 things- Major NECESSARY cuts are needed The wealthier should pay a little more in taxes - but not to the point of penalizing them for successes. There should be an increased tiered taxing level at beginning at $100,000 and revisit raising taxes on investment income at higher levels - higher levels because the little people also receive a break on some dividend income, and why not, since those distributions from companies are like profits that have already been taxed.
lyn September 11, 2012 at 01:32 PM
"Nurse Ratchet" has been posting this on other Patch networks (in Michigan, New York,...). "Hay Farmer" also - but I think Patch managed to delete some of those. Seems like these are coming from a group with an agenda rather than regular posters. Anyway, I will not follow their links. The actual OPINION did not really contain what they said and is here: http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/edsall-the-ryan-sinkhole/ It is a blog, as it says, OPINION - not an article as they want you to believe.
I.M. Wright September 11, 2012 at 02:23 PM
The statute does NOT say anything about pay. So, just as I thought, no such law exists. James is mixing it up, once again. What he's getting is a benefit from his employer. It's not law he be paid.
Richard September 11, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Let's see if memory serves me correctly. Reagan built UP the military after Carter tore it down. Then Bush built it back up after Clinton tore it down. So whenever the next Republican gets elected, he will have to build it up from Obama tearing it down. Anyone else see a pattern here???
Joseph Robert September 11, 2012 at 02:47 PM
HOW MUCH MONEY DID YOU EARN YESTERDAY? Mitt Romney made $57,260 each and every day of 2011. And he chose to open secret bank accounts in well-known tax havens including Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and other foreign countries to bet against America. Help Mitt Romney and his BILLIONAIRE friends make millions more in the future. Vote Romney-Ryan. Screw the MIDDLE CLASS!
James Murphy September 11, 2012 at 02:53 PM
joe that tells me that mitt knows how to run a company /country and budget his money >>>>> here is an example of how obama budgets his money http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/20/team-obama-spent-more-than-it-raised-in-july-falls-behind-romney-in-cash-on-hand/
lyn September 11, 2012 at 03:06 PM
JR- If they are "secret" bank accounts, who told you? If he put money someplace else, why?
MZ September 11, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I hate successful people! I want everyone on food stamps. Everyone should have equal outcomes managed by the federal government. It isn't fair that someone has more than me. Rich people didn't earn their money, they stole it from the poor.
Kent4Life September 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I beg to differ your comment is not irrelevant, All possible options should be given. So being able to Vote by mail is a great way to reach out to those that work there ass off and cant take the time from work to vote. Mr. Wright you should change your name to I.M. Wrong!!!!
Brian Andrews September 11, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Myron, judging by this story you might be on to something: Democrat withdraws from 1st District congressional race after allegations she voted in two states http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-wendy-rosen-withdraws-20120910,0,3764352.story
Ken Adams September 16, 2012 at 03:08 AM
I remember one person interviewed who registered to vote 96 times last election. I guess the system really does work.

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