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Ohio Secretary of State John Husted Refuses to Comply With Court Order That Would ‘Confuse’ Voters

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let's see if you have a birthday party this yearRemember when Ohio Republican Secretary of State John Husted tried to extend voting hours in Republican counties, and then when everyone bitched and moaned about it he was all FINE, I WILL TURN THIS CAR AROUND AND NO ONE GETS WEEKEND VOTING, and then it came out that this was all part of a heroic plan to save the election from being sullied by certain kinds of voters? Well, now Jon Husted has had it with all of these shenanigans and with the contortions of the electoral process. This has become too darned confusing, all these voting hours being extended and then not extended and then extended for everyone except for “urban” people and whatnot, so he’s refusing to comply with a court order to expand voting hours so that voters are not “confused.”

From Think Progress:

Jon Husted, Republican Secretary of State in Ohio, is refusing to change his restrictive early voting schedule even after a federal court restored in-person early voting to all Ohioans during the three day period before the general election. Husted claims expanding hours before an appeals court hears his case will “only serve to confuse voters.” Husted first restricted the voting hours in Democratic-leaning urban counties to weekdays only, then restricted all counties’ voting schedules after complaints of unfairness. In spite of several counties’ requests to stay open on weekends, when most employed people have time to vote, Husted has flatly refused to accommodate them.

What an American treasure, looking out for Ohioans and making sure that they can go through their day without being confused by, you know, Democracy.

[ThinkProgress]

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  • no_gravity

    So if this guy goes to prison for refusing to comply what else will he refuse to comply with and what will the outcome be?

    • tihond

      I wouldn't be so sure he'd refuse to comply. Looks like he has a "wide stance" to me.

      • no_gravity

        And a purty smile.

      • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

        It's no fun if they don't struggle a LITTLE, at least.

    • Wadisay

      I hope he does go to prison because he thinks President Romney will pardon him.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      "I'm sorry, Bruno, I'm confused. If I bend over to pick up the soap…"

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      Butt-p[lumbing. And if you don't believe that, you've never been to prison or known anyone who has.

    • bikerlaureate

      A male Republican going to prison?

      I don't get it.

  • ChernobylSoup

    Last time a state politician refused to follow a federal court order in my state, the 101st Airborne came in and explained what's what.

    Little Rock Central High School has been desegregated ever since.

    • FNMA

      Sure, the governor could send in the Ohio National Guard. What could possibly go wrong?

      • gullywompr

        The governor's not the only one with the authority to deploy National Guard troops…

  • IncenseDebate

    John Husted, Strabismus of State of Ohio.

    • James Michael Curley

      I resemble that remark, but the Army taught me to fly anyway.

    • ph7

      Neidermeyer – DEAD!

  • prommie

    Well this is interesting. How many troops does Mr. Husted command?

    • FakaktaSouth

      He hopes he commands just enough to make sure the election goes whatever evil cheating way he's plotting over and to create a ring around his house when the law comes to get his criminal ass. I wish there really was going to be a door busting. I know, I know.

      • Boojum

        Maybe we could have a door busting party?

    • Mittens Howell, III

      Judging from last week's convention the RNC has full command of the Keystone cops.

    • Guppy

      Jack and shit, once they're federalized.

    • Barrelhse

      "And Sergeant Dow Jones, twenty-seven years old,
      Commanding his very own tank."

    • TribecaMike

      On earth or in hell?

  • Mojopo

    He looks like every guy on Sleep Creep.

  • gullywompr

    Husted, here's a tip for your prison stay – don't bend over to pick up the soap in the shower.

    • BoroPrimorac

      Don't trust anyone who asks if they can have your Honey Buns, also.

  • fartknocker

    And this morning Eric Holder was heard saying OK Bitch, game on.

    • prommie

      Oh, sure, you mean the Holder who never met a fight he couldn't weasel away from? Fucking empty fucking suit do-nothing shitbag Holder?

      • fartknocker

        I was being snarky Prommie. If I was the USAG I would have a pillory set up on every corner of Wall Street with bankers and economists strapped in. What a great motivator it would be for honesty in finance.

        • prommie

          Man, Holder is the greatest most glaring sign of Obama's fucking worthlessness there is. Not A Fucking Thing has been done about any of the Bush crimes, not a fucking thing. Look over here, we decided not to fight for the validity of DOMA, thats the only fucking thing he has done thats at all something, anything, that the democrats who elected him wanted. Token issue, a distraction, from the continuing domination of the military industrial complex, the finance industry, and the oil companies (Obama covered up every fucking thing about how bad the BP spill was and still is in the Gulf, its criminal).

      • ibwilliamsi

        Is he a "Shitbag Holder", or the "shitbag, Holder"? I love puns!

    • RedneckMuslin

      Isn't he the one going after Bush, Cheney, and Rove for…. Wait, that still hasn't happened yet.

    • prommie

      The holder who stopped the torture and extraordinary rendition and prosecuted those responsible? The Holder who went after the banksters who nearly destroyed western civilization with their unchecked greed and fraud? The Holder who took a stand on Gitmo and military tribunals?

      The only legal issue holder ever did any fucking thing on was gay marriage. The lesson is: the dems use token hot button social issues to distract us from the fact that they are the fully owned tools of Wall Street, just like the republicans do.

      • Lascauxcaveman

        LOL, you're harshing my DNC buzz, dude.

      • pdiddycornchips

        Holder is only the AG. Policy decisions are made by someone else. All this is to say, Hopey sets the policy on shit like extraordinary rendition, GITMO and whether or not to pursue charges against the last administration. Holder has been pretty aggressive about going after Voting Rights Act violations.

        • prommie

          Didn't he just announce last week there will be no charges and no action against Goldman Sachs? I know, I know, this is all on Obama, thats what I am saying. Lesser of two evils. Continued unchecked capitalism, greed, growing economic inequality, dismantling the public school system (the Obama education policy is gung ho for Booker style privatization), only with a little band aid and less gay-hating, thats the difference between a republican and a democratic admin, far as I can see.

          • pdiddycornchips

            Hey, I agree wholeheartedly. I was a proud PUMA and still believe she would have been a far better choice. But this time, with Paul Ryan on the ticket, I have to put that shit aside and vote for Hopey. If they win, we will have four or eight years of Mittens and then another decade of Ryan. That fucker is the Anti-Christ.

  • Baconzgood

    Voting like we did in the last election will only confuse people see. So we changed it all around for the soldiers and white people.

  • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

    Rome Coliseum calling on line 2. They say they have some lions who need feeding.

  • http://wonkette.com ChillBill

    Is it me or somebody is just severely butthurt?

  • KeepFnThatChicken

    Oh, I don't know what his problem is. The Diebold voting machines don't even record black votes anyway.

    • Crank_Tango

      Ah so it's not a fingerprint scanner, just a darkness detector? Ingenious!

    • tihond

      Diebold… A subsidiary of Veridian Dynamics?

      • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

        I love that show! Watched every episode on netflix like 5 times.

    • memzilla

      Got no use for blah votes in Ohio. However, Service Guarantees Citizenship.

    • WhatTheHeck

      I AM SOOO CONFUSED!
      The machines were put in place to make our lives easier, less complicated, to make decisions for us. When did they turn against us?

      • Beowoof

        Republican programmers?

        • KeepFnThatChicken

          Republican programmers outsourcers?

          FTFY

      • MosesInvests

        ZOMG-the Repugs are really Cylons?!

  • http://wonkette.com ChillBill

    Husted claims expanding hours before an appeals court hears his case will “only serve to confuse voters.”

    What is he complaining about? Confused voters tend to vote Republican anyway.

    • Thurman Munster IV

      See: Palm Beach, County of. 2000.

    • WhatTheHolyHeck

      Butterfly ballot libel!

    • ibwilliamsi

      Isn't the first Tuesday in November STILL election day? Because if people are "confused" by early voting, I think that the "confused" can STILL vote on the first Tuesday of November until 8 PM. They can just stay home on the other days.

  • HempDogbane

    Enhanced Universal Suffrage !

  • EatsBabyDingos

    What a red-eyed ginger. Bet he bogarts and doesn't yell "Intercepted!"

  • http://wonkette.com ManchuCandidate

    Husted, why are you so afraid of not employing the Free Market of ideas?

  • Terry

    These guys seem to be genuinely shocked each and every time they get caught trying to restrict people's ability to vote. Apparently, the Koch brothers, or whomever is pulling the strings, forgot to mention that there might be opposition to the maneuvers.

    • tessiee

      Remember what we discussed about certain so-called "human beings" being ot-nay oo-tay art-smay.

    • Ruhe

      Interesting that you mention the Koch brothers as I'm suspecting that this really comes down to a labor dispute, the Koch's forte. They can't allow weekend voting because if they did then Diebold would have to pay their engineers time and half to work on rigging the machines on those weekends. The Kochs won't support paying overtime so screw the engineers and close the polls, problem solved.

  • BigSkullF*ckingDog

    In his defense, this guy does look like he confuses easily.

    • RadioBowels

      You mean confuses himself as well as others.

    • kittensdontlie

      And too many Ohioans are confusing him with someone who gives a f*ck.

  • http://www.notfrisco.com/colmatales/norton/proclaim.html#declaration Joshua Norton

    NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!

  • Kid_Charlemagne

    I am sure this is a just a simple misunderstanding. I would think a 6'5" 230 pound federal marshall could probably straighten this out rather quickly.

  • freakishlywrong

    "That's a lovely Democracy, Mrs. Cleaver"

    • Monsieur_Grumpe

      Eddie Haskell is a Republican? I guess I'm not surprised.

    • Isyaignert

      "Be a shame if something were to happen to it."

    • kittensdontlie

      "Now Eddie, go home and tell your mother that we need this Democracy."

      "Oh I will, Mrs Cleaver. Why I was just telling my mother the same thing this morning."

  • Mittens Howell, III

    This is about legitimate and illegitimate voting, isn't it.

    *sigh*

    • no_gravity

      Forcible/non-forcible.

    • Kakkeltje

      Only legitimate voting can cause pregnant chads.

    • tessiee

      I would have thought that by now, Diebold would have fixed up the machines to simply expel the illegitimate votes.

      • emmelemm

        It's got systems in place to shut things down.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      You can't get elected with legitimate voting

  • LesBontemps

    A bit too "on the nose." Would it kill him to make just some effort at craftiness? Sheesh, the standards for villainy are really slipping.

  • OurHoboSenator

    All those months he spent not pooping have led to Husted being completely full of shit…

  • sharethegrief

    Holder, don't send in the Ohio National Guard. It could be dangerous.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Just ask Neil Young.

      • sharethegrief

        Every time I listen to Neil, it's like spending time with an old friend.

  • Estproph

    Opie's all grown up!

  • Baconzgood

    Jon, let Baconz give you some advice *placing my hammy arm around his shoulder*. WHEN THE COURT SAIS TO FUCKING DO SOMTHING YOU'RE REQUIRED TO FUCKING DO IT YOU FUCKING FUCK STICK! IT'S CALLED A FREAKING RULING AND IT'S THE FUCKING LAW YOU WIERD EYEBROWED PHOTOTHERMOLYSIS FACE MUTHER FUCKER!!!!!!!!

    • PsycWench

      No matter how many troops he thinks he's got, the Feds have a lot, lot more.

    • ColHeightsChic

      Unless you're a maverick. Mavericks don't have to follow the law.

  • FakaktaSouth

    So these same masterminds of voting fraud and identity theft and stealing elections are confused by voting times? He's smart.

  • MissTaken

    Husted claims expanding hours before an appeals court hears his case will “only serve to confuse voters.”

    I checked the mail on Monday, but there was no mail to check. Confused, I went home. Then I remembered! It was Labor Day! My confusion was no more. I checked the mail on Tuesday, and there was mail. And it was good.

  • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/hamsterpantsworld Hammiepants

    These guys are even TRYING to be stealthy anymore. They're just straight-up prevaricating weaseldicks, and they apparently don't care who knows that. I know a riot is an ugly thing, but the constituents in these districts with these fucking bigoted fucktards should be out in the street with torches and pitchforks running them out of town on a rail.

  • Mittens Howell, III

    I'm confused. I thought democracy was about voting.

    duh, me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnny-Appletruth/133951326629923?sk=wall deanbooth

    I'm in Ohio and I'm confused. …About why we have to put up with this shit!

    Send in the troops, Obama!

  • freakishlywrong

    Look for him to hailed as a patriot by the Tea Oh Pee any second now.

  • http://johnnyzhivago.blogspot.com johnnyzhivago

    Blacks, hispanics, women and students can VOTE in Ohio???

    Next thing you're going to tell me is that we're giving away the Panama Canal!

  • comrad_darkness

    He's so patriotic you gotta wear shades to keep from being blinded by his Godly Holy Patriotism.

  • kittensdontlie

    Living in Ohio can be very disorienting. Why, most days I wake up with the funny thought that we have a President who is black! Imagine that, a black President!

  • Goonemeritus

    I find the Federal, State and Local ordinances dealing with pantsing right wing nut jobs confusing, can I ignore them?

    • Jimmyone

      No regs about wedgies tho.

    • tessiee

      "See? Because of me, they now have a rule." — Homer J. Simpson

  • Mittens Howell, III

    Okay Husted, we're gonna count to five and then we're sending Michelle Obama over to fuck you up.

  • metamarcisf

    What if you knew him and found him dead on the ground?

    • Mittens Howell, III

      I'd create a new twitter hashtag — #breitbarting

    • RedneckMuslin

      Yeah, it didn't work out for Four of them but it was a sunny day.

    • hagajim

      Looking at him, I'd prolly step over him and bitch about corpses being in my way.

  • rickmaci

    Cool. The little banjo playing kid in Deliverance grew up to be a Republitard.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      And he has a real pretty mouth!

      • Arborista

        The fangs are just barely showing.

  • MiniMencken

    Even the hairstyle is pre-Voting Rights Act.

  • http://johnnyzhivago.blogspot.com johnnyzhivago

    What do you expect from a state that names a city after Jerry Sandusky???

  • T3rbo

    This guy is not very good at stealing elections: this announcement is two months too early. It does not take two months to force this child faced guy to do what he is told. Voter suppression fail.

  • Me_K_Cong

    He isn't going to open polls, because it will confuse voters to have the polls open? What an obtuse little fucker he is.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      Now now, he has a point: blahs have had so many doors slammed in their faces, they might become confused.

  • LastGasp

    Take heart, conservative wing-nuts, Husted has "simplified" the ballot so that only Mitt Romney's name is legible on the ballot. The other guy is listed as what looks to be Berdelback O'Bannesey.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    We're gonna need a bigger vote!

  • SorosBot

    Well it's always been the case that politicians can just stone cold ignore court orders they don't like.

  • magic_titty

    Do Republicans have to look so…Republican?

    • tessiee

      God's revenge on them for being such pigs is making them *look* like pigs.

    • kyeshinka

      They all have that Sig-Ep cumlicking Natty-lite drinking, Singled-Out watching, Jeep Wrangler-driving dopey look on their faces.

  • Kid_Charlemagne

    What high in the middle and round on both ends? John Husted's fucking head.

  • Blueb4sinrise

    Four polls in O-hi-o.

    • kittensdontlie

      Yes our Ohio R-governor and SoS won't kill anyone, they just want to silence half of the population by a fraud against our voters.

  • KeepFnThatChicken

    My guess is that he feels he must hold out for three weeks. Then he'll be all like, "Registration is over, and fuck you on getting that shit changed."

  • BaldarTFlagass

    I went back to Ohio
    But my polling place was closed.
    And bullshit filled the air from Seneca to Cuyahoga Falls
    Ay Oh
    Way to go Ohio.

  • ElPinche

    Fuck Scut Farkus

    • Barrelhse

      Anagram for "John Husted"?

  • LibrarianX

    Confuses confusion with easier

    • ph7

      Confucius say man with closed poll get no lever action.

  • MacRaith

    I would just like to point out that I predicted this very action in a comment five days ago.

    I'd like to pretend that this course of events was really difficult for anyone to see coming and that I made an insightful and gutsy call, so please humor me.

    • http://inappropriatejobpostings.blogspot.com/ fuflans

      i for one did NOT see this coming and i salute your uncommon prescience.

      i did not think even OH republicans would be that stupid.

  • http://wonkette.com Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Democracy is very confusing. Which is why I voted for Obama to establish a Caliphate.

  • shelwood46

    Things that are confusing:
    Showing up to your polling place when the court said it would be open and finding it locked up tight.
    Showing up to vote at the right time and having to wait in line so long the polls close before you can vote and/or they run out of ballots.
    Not confusing;
    Showing up to vote and getting to vote.

    • Arborista

      TOO MUCH LOJICK!!1! I HAZ CONFUSED NOW!

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Looks like Howdy Doody went all Pinocchio and got turned into a real flesh and blood little boy!!!

    • Arborista

      So he's NOT a Stepford voter prototype?

  • ph7

    Leaving polls opened on weekends is very, very confusing. Very confusing to those who are trying to figure out a way to prevent people from voting.

  • Callyson

    Oh, for fuck's sake.

  • Crank_Tango

    The Koch brothers might love you, but History will not be kind to you, Mr Vote Suppression.

  • Blueb4sinrise

    Hah! Even Pima County AZ. official had more integrity.

    Official busts glass door to get things going on time
    http://azstarnet.com/news/local/govt-and-politics

  • tessiee

    "he’s refusing to comply with a court order"

    Republicans have been pulling this shit for at least the last — what, 50 years? — when the National Guard had to force them into integrate the schools.
    For a bunch of people who want to run the country, they sure do suck at obeying the law.

  • prommie

    Where the hell is Rebecca? I am getting worried about her; is she MIA? Hope its something good, maybe she just got lucky last night and woke up and started at it again.

    • SorosBot

      Hung over?

      • prommie

        I was hoping its something more fun than that. I have come around, I like her now.

        • emmelemm

          Was it the tits?

          • prommie

            They never hurt, do they?

          • James Michael Curley

            Did you forget the "Blonde Ambition Tour"? Those suckers would take your eyes out from three feet away.

    • Jus_Wonderin

      Hope she picked wisely and doesn't have to knaw her arm off to get out of there.

  • DahBoner

    What an awful man Klansman.

  • HogeyeGrex

    Can we have this turdsnorkle chucked in the stripey-hole for contempt of court now?

    Please?

  • pdiddycornchips

    Where did this frat boy get his law degree? Where does it say the state attorney general gets to decide which federal court rulings to comply with and which he can totally ignore? He reminds me of one of the football jocks in the movie Heathers.

    "Football season is over, Veronica. Kurt had nothing left to offer the school except for date rapes and AIDS jokes."

    • emmelemm

      "I love my dead gay son!"

  • Antispandex

    This isn't fair. There must be SOME legal way for the Republicans to cheat….I mean do what's best for real Americans.

  • Ruhe

    That's The Ohio State Secretary of Sate to you morons.

  • http://lostintarnation.blogspot.com/ SayItWithWookies

    How clever of Mr. Husted to issue his own stay while he's appealing the initial ruling. I'm sure the judiciary will be very pleased to see he's doing their important work of interpreting the law for them.

  • tessiee

    Christ, what an asshole.

  • Guppy

    Mr. Law-and-Order Republican, meet the US Marshals Service!

  • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

    The *real* question is, ARE WE GOING TO PUT UP WITH THIS SHIT?

  • LibrarianX

    Doesn't Husted look like some frat guy? You know? The one who likes blow jobs from his buddy, but only when they're drunk…?

  • Fox n Fiends

    your move, freedom.

  • http://inappropriatejobpostings.blogspot.com/ fuflans

    according to wikipedia which is always correct, he was born in Detroit and abandoned by his biological parents.

    i can certainly understand why.

  • randcoolcatdaddy

    Obama officially declaring a Federal holiday on election day would be even more confusing.

  • cheetojeebus

    Beady eyed fucker eh?

  • Chichikovovich

    You've got to admit, the Republicans are problem solvers. Problem of confused voters? Solution: Don't let people become voters.

    Voilà! No confused voters.

  • http://crasstalk.com/ grandinquisitor

    This is more painful than having Reds' season tickets.

  • Mapmonger

    Christ, what an asshole.

  • ingloriousbytch

    As a resident of the Buckeye State, I cordially invite the authorities to throw Jon Husted into the deepest darkest hole the Federal penal system has to offer.

  • Eve8Apples

    If Ohio voters are too stupid to figure out when to vote, perhaps they should drop out of the Electoral College.

  • ttommyunger

    Headline should read: "Cross-eyed Mongoloid wins State-Wide Office in Ohio."

  • unclejeems

    John Husted–the Orville Faubus of Ohio.

  • ingloriousbytch

    Apparently the judge has ordered Husted to appear at an emergency hearing in Columbus on September 13.

    Oh the spanking. It will sting.

  • fawkedifiknow

    If I was a judge on the Court of Appeals, and some dipshit – like this guy – said he wasn't going to obey a lower court order until the Court of Appeals I was sitting on had a chance to rule on the case, I would say to myself: "What if I make an order and this aforementioned and certified dipshit says he won't follow my order either, until the Supreme Court rules on the case? Will I like that? Will I countenance such impertinence? No, I won't. Therefore, I am not going to let him do it to a lower court either. Fuckface."

  • glamourdammerung

    Nothing a drone strike would not fix.

  • Tricky_Dick

    Amazing he left the glory hole long enough to disobey a federal court order. He's usually very good about taking orders, but that's probably when he's just on his knees.

  • Negropolis

    My, what beady little rat eyes you have, Mr. Husted.