Let’s Be Fair And Reasonable
August 20, 2012 § Leave a comment
“I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine. Let’s be fair and reasonable.”
- Jon Husted, Republican Ohio Secretary of State
- Source: The Columbus Dispatch
- Context: The Republican Party in Ohio had been trying for months to suppress early voting in the state, which is popular amongst minorities. They went so far as to ban early voting in Democratic counties while extending them in Republican ones. After national outrage, Jon Husted, the Secretary of State, relented and enacted uniform voting hours for all counties. However, early voting on the weekends and two weeks prior to the election is still not allowed. During the last election, over 100,000 Ohioans voted in the 3 days prior to the election, something they will not be able to do under current circumstances. Husted, in an email, was responding to accusations of unfairness, which he calls “bullshit”. Republicans across the nation have been attempting to suppress voter turn out, especially amongst minorities, in order to help Mitt Romney win the presidential election. The higher voter turnout is, the less likely the Republican Party is to win the upcoming election.Polls also show that Obama would win a re-election easily if everyone who was eligible would vote. Most interestingly, Husted believes it is more fair and reasonable to deny people the ability to vote rather than encourage everyone to exercise their right to vote by making voting more accessible.