Today the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio ruled in favor of the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party’s motion for summary judgment to permanently maintain the final three days of early voting leading up to Election Day. In response, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD (New York Times) – 6.09.14
Someday, after they figure out how to appeal to a broader swath of the electorate, Republicans will probably be embarrassed by how much time they have spent making it harder for Americans to vote. For now, though, the beat just goes on. In a misguided effort to hold on to power despite an ever-shrinking base of older white voters, Republican lawmakers around the country continue to impose all sorts of barriers to the ballot box.
Cuyahoga County voters could be asked this November to make the protection of voting rights a permanent part of the county’s governing charter, under a proposal from Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald.
FitzGerald on Tuesday introduced a proposed charter amendment declaring voting a “fundamental right in the County.” It authorizes the county to take action, including legal action, to protect and promote the right to vote among county residents.
FitzGerald: “The new restrictions that Governor Kasich has signed into law amount to legalized discrimination, plain and simple.”
Ohio’s cuts to early voting discriminate against blacks and Hispanics in violation of the Voting Rights Act, a new lawsuit alleges.
Today the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party filed a motion for summary judgment in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio requesting to permanently maintain the early voting days and hours during the three days before Election Day for all eligible Ohioans.