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Judge Restores Early Voting To All Ohioans Because He Hates The Troops

now on weekends! one weekend! ...hopefully?The Obama campaign filed a lawsuit way back when, like last month or something, to claim that it was unconstitutional for Ohio to allow military voters early voting time in the three days before the election without extending the same time to all Ohio voters. Mitt Romney predictably lied about it, because the only things that come out of Mitt Romney’s mouth are nouns, verbs, and lies about the nouns and verbs he just used.

A federal district court judge ruled today that everyone in Ohio gets to vote the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the election. YAY VOTING (BUT NOT FOR THE BLACK GUY, OKAY?)

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that in-person early voting IS RESTORED on the three days immediately preceding Election Day for all eligible Ohio voters.  And specifically, for the purposes of the 2012 General Election, this Order restores in-person early voting to all eligible Ohio voters on Saturday, November 3, 2012; Sunday, November 4, 2012; and Monday, November 5, 2012.  This Court anticipates that Defendant Secretary of State will direct all Ohio elections boards to maintain a specific, consistent schedule on those three days, in keeping with his earlier directive that only by doing so can he ensure that Ohio’s election process is “uniform, accessible for all, fair, and secure.”

Interestingly, the Ohio Secretary of State tried to abolish all weekend voting, because fuck the troops in their well-muscled, tanned…be right back.

Phew. Yeah, anyway, because some negro-heavy counties got uppity, the SoS barred all weekend voting, which is now back on the last weekend before the election, because Ohio also argued that the weekend voting was absolutely necessary for some people until it wasn’t. This fight is not over, though, because it is now an almost certainty that Ohio will just burn all the voting machines but mysteriously find 900,000 ballots for Mitt Romney that survived the simultaneous 88-county blaze.

[ThinkProgress]

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103 comments

  1. Oblios_Cap

    because the only things that come out of Mitt Romney’s mouth are nouns, verbs, and lies about the nouns and verbs he just used.

    Well, that's because his program was written by Diebold.

    1. NorthStarSpanx

      I doubt that guy was legit, Republicans would let animals go hungry – if it weren't for Newt Gingrich.

  2. OzoneTom

    Let every un-burned vote count. Ohio has just the right hi-ness in the middle and roundness on both ends.

  3. Callyson

    Amusingly, the court’s opinion relies on the Supreme Court’s infamous decision in Bush v. Gore to reach this holding, citing Bush‘s statement that “[h]aving once granted the right to vote on equal terms, the State may not, by later arbitrary and disparate treatment, value one person’s vote over that of another.”

    Irony lives after all…

    1. rickmaci

      That citation to Bush v. Gore makes me think either there is a god or the judge who wrote the opinion has one wicked sense of irony, and maybe both.

  4. OneYieldRegular

    Surely some company Bain that bought and then sent to China is busy at this moment printing up Romney ballots. If not, time's a wastin'.

    1. weejee

      Must be made in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. They count their ballots so well.

      One for the GOP, one in the trash, two for the GOP, three in the trash…

      1. UW8316154

        With the new Diebold software, you don't even have to bother to do the "vote" part – the programming does it for you!

  5. MacRaith

    "This Court anticipates that Defendant Secretary of State will direct all Ohio elections boards to maintain a specific, consistent schedule on those three days…"

    This Court is an optimist, I see. This Commenter anticipates that Defendant Secretary of State will issue no such directive.

  6. LastGasp

    Good news: Early voting was restored.
    Bad news: All the voting machines are at 123 Fake Street.

    1. glasspusher

      True story- I had a friend in Cleveland when I was in grad school- she lived on Random Road. The directions to her party ended with "Turn left at Random"

        1. Negropolis

          No foolin', the main street in the suburban Detroit city of Troy is Big Beaver Road, and it's freeway exit is 69, and the city hall is ringed with decorative stone beavers.

    1. pdiddycornchips

      And eventually end up in front of the Roberts court. Good thing they can be counted on to consistently uphold the law. Wait, what?

  7. BaldarTFlagass

    "this Order restores in-person early voting to all eligible Ohio voters on Saturday, November 3, 2012; Sunday, November 4, 2012; and Monday, November 5, 2012. "

    "Black folks, however, can do their early voting on the weekend of November 10th, 11th, and 12th."

  8. Slim_Pickins

    But if they can't be trusted to vote Republican why should they be allowed to vote at all?

  9. T3rbo

    I heard on Glennnn Beck, though, that the voting machines in white precincts were going to be just new black panther party members in disguise that will just whack whitey on the head with a Koran when they try to vote. Why does Obama hate freedom?

  10. fartknocker

    Diebold has just received a P.O. from the Mitt for El Jefe campaign ordering the latest upload the current upgrades to bias voting machines.

    I find it interesting that different Federal judges in different judicial districts have ruled this week that Texas and Ohio cannot enact laws that screw the rights of voters. If anything is learned from this election it is the Citizen United vs. FEC is one fucked up law and it's got to be changed.

  11. emmelemm

    I don't understand.

    Am I allowed to view this as good news, or do I just have to start worrying about rigged voting machines immediately?

        1. glasspusher

          Northern Ohio is a haven for tree hugging commie hippie queers who do vote. I was in grad school there and have friends who still are. Fear not! This is a Good Thing(tm)

  12. Lot_49

    Just imagine if we made voting a legitimate function of government instead of something conducted by party hacks loyalists for nominal compensation. Just imagine if we had uniform standards nationwide for who can vote and who can't. Just imagine if we had a reliable identity verification system nationwide, instead of leaving it to Patty and Selma to decide who can vote and who can get on airplane on 9/11.

    Christ, it sounds like Europe! Who'd want that?

  13. SexySmurf

    OT From US magazine (where I get all my political news):

    "More Americans watched TLC's controversial reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo on Wednesday night than the Republican National Convention."

    Maybe those people thought they were watching the convention.

      1. SorosBot

        Well now that Jersey Shore has been cancelled maybe Snooki will be making her way into politics.

    1. CthuNHu

      At least Honey Boo Boo doesn't talk to chairs and lie constantly.

      Okay, I'm assuming here, but I feel pretty safe betting that a trailer-born-and-bred six-year-old has more sanity, class and honesty than the few thousand most powerful Republicans in the country.

  14. Eve8Apples

    Karl Rove just added that federal district court judge to his hit list. Oh, and Karl would like you to send him some more money. It costs money to buy guns, bullets, rope, cement blocks, tarp, duct tape, and the silence of local law enforcement.

  15. MissTaken

    But if everyone is allowed to vote early how will our men and women in uniform feel special?

  16. calliecallie

    Ohio in 2004 they totally screwed with the votes so Bush would win. Not enough ballots in the urban and campus precincts, not enough machines, long lines, late night, people got discouraged and went home without voting.

    I really hope this early voting will make that impossible. Which only leaves Diebold. Sigh.

    1. glasspusher

      Rilly. I moved from Ohio to Florida in oct 2000, so I saw that disaster. In 2004 I hoped against hope that my old county, cuyahoga, could pull it out, but alas not, because of the above :(

  17. ManchuCandidate

    Black, um, Urban voters and Romney's losing,
    We've desperate for something.
    This summer I hear the crying,
    No voting in Ohio.

    Gotta get down to it
    Urbans are voting us out
    (Libs say) Should have been done long ago.
    What if you hate them
    And found them running the place
    How can you serve the rich, you know?

  18. DahBoner

    Great news guys! Diebold's home office is in Ohio, so you know Romney's victory in Oho is safe with them…

  19. SpeedoFart

    No snark, just smiling because at least there's a couple of judges out there who aren't bat shit insane.

  20. MilwaukeeKent

    Someday they'll run out of actual shit like this to throw at the democratic process and resort to throwing each other. They can't win fair and square so they have to fix the system to their own advantage. The thing is, all their devious little schemes — The K Street Project and the Permanent Majority, the US Attorney meddling, etc. — eventually blow up in their faces or are exposed. Meanwhile they're desperately trying to figure out how to undo 50 years of demonizing Blacks and 30 years of demonizing Latinos. Too late, you self-defeating Fucks. The GOP convention looked like the audience of The Lawrence Welk show. Not everyone is 73 and white and not everyone who's 73 and white is a paranoid, selfish bigot. Time is not on their side.
    Notice how every speaker the last three days gave a shout-out to the Tea Party? I didn't either.

  21. Negropolis

    This nation needs federal election reform like crazy, and no one seems to care. I mean, simple things like a voting holiday/weekend elections, alone, would be a huge improvement, as would standardizing equipment and such.

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