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Local voters don’t like Ohio’s changes

February 27, 2014

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced restrictive early voting hours for the 2014 primary and general elections this week and local residents say they don’t support the changes....

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Caspiansynn

Feb-28-14 10:41 AM

scrappile, I did read the article and I don't see anything in it to back up what you have alleged. Other than no matching funds I do like you ideas about voting.

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fanoftigers

Feb-27-14 10:01 PM

I'm a proud republican but I'll never vote for Thompson again after those comments. We should be doing everything we can to make it easier to vote in this day and age and it's not being open primarily when most people are working. His comments about it being hard on the board of elections infuriates me. They work for us, the taxpayers, not the other way around.

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scrappile

Feb-27-14 8:44 PM

cont....No public matching funds for campaigns, and no tax payer funding of the political conventions....as far as voter ID, if you vote every two years and show your ID to a person the knew your grandparents, parents, and their grandkids go to school with your grandkids, they kinda know who you are, but if you insist on a state issued ID, make it FREE....at least to senior citizens

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scrappile

Feb-27-14 8:34 PM

Caspiansynn: The article posted statistics and aked if the actions of husted was targeting early voting blacks,try reading it, as far as what I would like to see for elections and voting.... Open primaries, and a none of the above option on ballots, and in the federal offices public financing, and free air time on public stations for all candidates seeking federal and state office, 30 day limits on air ads(tv.,radio,)...

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FAC1ST

Feb-27-14 7:34 PM

Oneill present the facts and don't attack the person discus the issues.

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Caspiansynn

Feb-27-14 7:20 PM

oneill, I was actually thinking more of classism in your statements it was scrappile that I felt was inserting racism into this, I apologize for any confusion.

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JBMOONMAN

Feb-27-14 3:44 PM

The articles heading seems pretty presumptious. Has the Times done extensive surveying about how all local voters feel or, as usual, has the Times subjected its readers to its own opinion? For one, I believe elections should occur on a posted and agreed upon date with adequate opportunity for absentee balloting. Having lengthy open voting periods lasting several days or weeks is a formula for vote rigging and tampering.

Obviously, Mr. O'Neil prefers absolutely no qualifications or controls on who can vote or how many times they can vote as long as they vote Democrat.

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JBMOONMAN

Feb-27-14 3:42 PM

The articles heading seems pretty presumptious. Has the Times done extensive surveying about how all local voters feel or, as usual, has the Times subjected its readers to its own opinion? For one, I believe elections should occur on a posted and agreed upon date with adequate opportunity for absentee balloting. Having lengthy open voting periods lasting several days or weeks is a formula for vote rigging and tampering.

Obviously, Mr. O'Neil prefers absolutely no qualifications or controls on who can vote or how many times they can vote as long as they vote Democrat.

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Walton

Feb-27-14 2:10 PM

Some people say "both parties do it". That is probably true when it comes to gerrymandering, but when it comes to voting, democrats have taken the consistent position that they want to encourage voter turnout. They encourage a lot of people to vote, and hope that more of them vote democrat. The republicans seem to want to limit the number of voters on the theory that their own voters are more likely to turn out even if there are restrictions on voting. That's not racist itself, although it is true that some of the restrictions they put on voting hurt black voters more than white. They try to restrict voting by college students, which probably affects whites more than blacks. Making it harder for anyone to vote is essentially un-American, not racist.

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Caspiansynn

Feb-27-14 1:45 PM

scrappile & oneill, If a person can not seem to find the time in a month to either vote absentee in person or by mail it is some how raciest or classiest? What a load of BS. If the Dems had suggested this you 2 would be all for it. So what would you suggest, maybe vote 27/7/365 no id required ?

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scrappile

Feb-27-14 12:36 PM

Do the powers that be want all that have the legal right to vote, to wield that power, of course not, kowsh!t, busted, Thompson, Johnson, all follow their beloved paul weyrich, but in the end, when the powerful try to take the vote, as in Va., and Fla.,.last cycle, the backlash will bite them in their backside....

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scrappile

Feb-27-14 12:28 PM

Why This Woman Needs to be Ohio's Next Secretary of State The Nation. (blog) ?- 1 hour ago The goal, according to Husted, is “to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat ... percent of the 5.6 million ballots cast in Ohio in the 2012 election,” according ... little doubt that cuts to early voting target blacks disproportionately. In 2008, black voters were 56% of all weekend voters in Cuyahoga County, Ohio's ...

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formermttan

Feb-27-14 12:02 PM

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formermttan

Feb-27-14 11:58 AM

EIf you can't make it to the polls on one of the many voting days, you can request an absentee ballot - no questions asked. Couldn't be easier. They mail it to you, you mail it back. If you want to vote at 3 am on a weekend, you can do it absentee. People can be truly pathetic.

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thegreek

Feb-27-14 9:42 AM

If they pay overtime for people to man the office on Saturdays and Sundays, I would rather they spend my tax money in a better way. If they are volunteers then maybe some of those growling on here should volunteer to man the office on their weekends....

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wps3417

Feb-27-14 9:20 AM

We should vote on ELECTION DAY !

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Walton

Feb-27-14 9:12 AM

Sure, if voting was just on one day truly concerned voters would make that extra effort to get there. Some would have to miss an hour or two of work, but what the heck. The point is, why are we making it harder than it has to be to vote? Why? This is political gamesmanship by one party which has made the political calculation that these tactics will favor them in the election by reducing the turnout of the voters for the other party. It's despicable and it needs to stop. While these laws may not violate the rights of citizens to vote, they surely offend the spirit of those rights.

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Libertyforall

Feb-27-14 7:51 AM

hockeypuck you took the words right out of my mouth. If you cannot find a couple of minutes to vote during this very generous time frame, you apparently do not have the drive to vote.

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hockeypuck

Feb-27-14 6:46 AM

With amount of days and the time of operation listed, there is plenty of time to vote. We used to have one day, geesh.

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whatdifferencedoesitmake

Feb-27-14 6:33 AM

It was not Republicans in Ohio who were busted and convicted of intentional fraud in recent elections. The Cincinnati offenders got caught. The operators in the districts with unreasonable votes recorded for one candidate simply evaded detection. Again, not on the "R" ticket.

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whatdifferencedoesitmake

Feb-27-14 6:30 AM

The privilege to vote to choose our lawmakers and thus impose schemes to take some Citizens' money and property away is restricted by age (assuming voting adults would be self-sufficient and aspire to own some taxable property), legally sound mental capacity, a clean criminal record, and valid Citizenship. It is truly amazing that people blessed with this all-American freedom-guarding action can not make it to a polling place on a set day, for a clean, open, verifiable, documented paper ballot vote.

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