Voting should be fair and accessible. Being able to cast your vote early, instead of waiting in long lines, is a good thing—no matter who you’re voting for. But apparently Republican lawmakers in Ohio disagree.
In fact, they’ve tried repeatedly to restrict the state’s early voting window.
Why? Sadly, it could be election year politics. Early voting reforms in Ohio helped fix Election Day lines—with waits of up to seven hours—that plagued heavily Democratic precincts in the 2004 election. The reforms have been hugely popular. Now, for this election, the Republicans are trying to trim them back.
We’re taking action.
Bob Bauer, general counsel to Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee laid out the case last week in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.