This is how you steal an election. Rachel Maddow covers the rules in Ohio behind all of this. There is simply no acceptable reason to limit pre-voting hours from 8 to 5pm Monday through Friday (no weekends). This isn’t in all of Ohio – just the counties that vote for the Democrat party; the counties that vote predominantly Republican … well – they are expanding voter hours.
And if your work doesn’t allow you to vote in advance because of your work schedule – then you may need to call in sick one day. This is how you steal elections. Conservatives in America are literally using the same tactics used in countries like Zimbabwe, Russia, Kenya, Belarus, and Ukraine in order to win this election. Will Ohio voters allow it to happen or will they stand up against the oligarchs trying to rig the game?
The Nation gives some more details HERE:
Now, in heavily Democratic cities like Cleveland, Columbus, Akron and Toledo, early voting hours will be limited to 8 am until 5 pm on weekdays beginning on October 1, with no voting at night or during the weekend, when it’s most convenient for working people to vote. Republican election commissioners have blocked Democratic efforts to expand early voting hours in these counties, where the board of elections are split equally between Democratic and Republican members. Ohio Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted has broken the tie by intervening on behalf of his fellow Republicans.
And that is why the Obama campaign has filed a lawsuit to restore voting rights for ALL Ohio citizens; Mitt Romney’s campaign falsely claimed President Obama was trying to restrict military rights (source). You have to be a pathological liar in order to claim what Romney’s campaign is claiming and now federal courts will decide.
Now compare what conservatives are doing in Ohio with the Economist’s review of several election frauds committed in countries like Zimbabwe, Russia, Kenya, Belarus, and Ukraine. They’re not talking about America but they might as well be talking about what conservatives are doing throughout the country HERE:
For the most part, however, technology and the presence of outside observers is complicating the election-rigging business, requiring dodgy politicians to work harder and more cleverly. Most manipulators make only sparing use of blatant election-day frauds, says Sarah Birch of the University of Essex. She compared observer reports of 136 elections held between 1995 and 2006 and found that a more frequent tactic is to alter election laws, often as a means of deterring opposition candidates or gerrymandering unlosable constituencies. (Youssou N’Dour, a famous musician who hoped to stand in Senegal’s presidential election on February 26th, was struck from the ballot on a technicality.)
Also more common are attempts to influence the genuine choices of voters—frequently through vote-buying, using state resources in campaigning, and exploiting partisan media. Such subterfuge is harder to detect and less likely to enrage a mob. Public-spirited voters with smartphones can photograph irregularities at polling stations (see article), but not the abuse of campaign-financing rules. “People don’t often take to the streets to protest against media bias,” says Ms Birch.
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