From Pajamas Media.
A federal judge ruled Friday that Ohio’s uniform voting law that gives special privileges to military voters is unconstitutional. Judge Peter Economus, a retired judge brought in to hear overload cases in the Southern District of Ohio, Columbus Division, also ruled by fiat to impose statewide weekend voting hours on the entire state. Ironically, Economus relied heavily on Bush v. Gore (2000), citing it seven times in his ruling. In particular:
“[T]he State may not, by later arbitrary and disparate treatment, value one person’s vote over that of another” Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98, 104-05 (2000).
The Obama for America campaign, the DNC, and the Ohio Democratic Party had sued Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted in an attempt to overturn several Ohio election reform laws and directives which attempted to assure uniform voting days and times across the state, with some expanded privileges for military voters in accordance with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). Although Ohio has extremely generous no-fault absentee voting, Husted had set the deadline for in-person absentee voting at 6:00 p.m. the Friday before the election and eliminated weekend voting. Prior to his directive, access to the polls varied widely from county to county. Noted in the ruling:
“In 2008, six of Ohio’s 88 counties chose not to offer any in-person absentee voting on the Saturday prior to Election Day, nearly all chose not to do so on that Sunday, and all were open during their regular weekday business hours on that Monday … In 2010, when fewer voters were expected, fourteen counties chose not to offer any in-person absentee voting on that Saturday, nearly all chose not to do so on that Sunday, and all were open on that Monday.”
Read all the court docs here.
……the judge sided with the Obama campaign’s argument that military voters cannot be treated differently under the law.
When it comes to the “value one person’s vote over that of another” the military is getting shafted. That means with regard to access to, and the counting of, military absentee ballots. If that idiot judge wants ‘disparate treatment’, look no further than Gore trying to null and void absentee military ballots in 2000.
Obama doesn’t like the military anyway, and has more concern over “gay rights” for those in uniform than voting rights.
One in four overseas military ballots were not counted in the 2008 election.
The Dems also make sure that dead people, fabricated registered names, and illegals are part of their voting bloc every election cycle.
Let’s see if the military leadership gets as wrapped around the axle over this as they do koran burning.
- Judge Discards Ohio Military Voting Privileges, Imposes Weekend Voting (givemeliberty01.wordpress.com)