printed letters, August 9, 2012

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Juanita R. Williams’ misinformed letter (“Military deserves its voting rights protected”, August 9, 2012) epitomizes the extent to which President Obama’s Republican critics routinely rely on gross falsehoods – rather than facts – to mislead gullible local voters.

Thus, while “on July 17, the Obama for America Campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the Ohio Democratic Party filed suit in Ohio to strike down part of that state’s law” abbreviating early voting by Ohio residents, that lawsuit in no way affected or threatened “voting by members of the military” serving overseas. 

Rather, the lawsuit seeks to restore three days of early voting which Ohioans enjoyed in 2010, but which the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature eliminated in a transparent effort to suppress the Democratic vote. 

In 2008, Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State deployed far too few voting machines in populous urban areas, resulting in discouragingly long lines that prevented many from voting.  Under threat of action by the Justice Department, Ohio expanded the early voting window to avoid future problems and to equal the time frame afforded overseas military.

In 2010, over 20% of Ohioans voted during those three days, such that – in November 2012—over 900,000 veterans and active duty military personnel residing in Ohio will find their access to the polls “arbitrarily” truncated by their Republican legislature, with “no discernible rational basis” other than voter suppression.  In addition, early voting times have been expanded in Republican counties, but – by action of the Republican Secretary of State—not in Democratic counties.

Thus, Williams’ “disgust” is based on a manifestly false premise – and she should not be “the only one disgusted with how” the Romney campaign’s advertising “is constantly” presenting false information to mislead the electorate, and with how Republicans are cynically and systematically attempting to suppress the Democratic vote.

              Bill Hugenberg
              543 Rim Drive
              Grand Junction, CO 81507
Word Count = 300         257-1998



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