VOTING SHENANIGANS continue, with news in Ohio and Florida, beyond the voter I.D. issue in Pennsylvania already mentioned this past week. The election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
More from Ohio:
All Ohio counties will have uniform times for in-person early voting this fall, and no county boards of election will offer weekend hours, Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Wednesday.
Husted said all county boards must be open for voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays for the first three weeks of the period (Oct. 2 through Oct. 19), and must be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays for the last two weeks before the election (Oct. 22 through Nov. 2).
Also this week, a federal court threw out a Republican effort to restrict the amount of early-voting days in Florida, which directly impacted minority voters and went against federal voting laws. From the AP:
A federal court says a Florida law that restricts the number of early-voting days could result in a dramatic reduction in participation by blacks. The Republican-controlled Florida legislature last year cut the number of early-voting days to 8 from 12.
But the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled late Thursday that because of the law’s potential impact on minority voters, it would not allow Florida to put the changes in place in five Florida counties covered by federal voting laws.
If it looks to you like Republicans are trying to suppress the vote, I really can’t make an argument otherwise. Why else would they work to shorten voting hours and days or make it more difficult for working people to vote by not allowing weekend early voting and the most days possible to vote? If Republicans wanted more people to vote they’d open the access as wide as possible.
There is no alternative analysis or “balance” to offer for the sake of “fairness,” because it doesn’t exist in the cases presented above.