Republican election officials in Ohio recently approved policies giving Republican-leaning counties extra early-voting hours: nights and weekends, for 33 days. At the same time, Republican election officials and the Republican secretary of state denied voters in Democratic-leaning counties equivalent early voting on nights and weekends.
You read that right, voters in Democratic-leaning counties, unlike voters in Republican leaning counties, will not be allowed early vote hours on nights and weekends. Is this not a gross example of Republicans’ efforts to suppress and deny likely Democrats their right to vote? Other forms of voter suppression are rolling along in Republican-controlled states despite legal challenges: Florida, Virginia, Colorado and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Mike Turzai, Republican majority leader of the Pennsylvania House, revealed his party’s true colors when he said: “Voter ID, which is going to allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania? Done.” This is shameful, anti-democratic and un-American.
Republican voter suppression in these red states is but one frightening example of the kind of “democracy” the right wing intends to give us if they elect more governors and gain control of the Senate and the White House.
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