Detroit Free Press: Obama Sues Ohio Over Early Voting Rules
President Obama’s campaign has sued the state of Ohio over new rules for early voting designed to benefit members of the military, saying the extra hours should be available to all voters.
That lawsuit prompted claims by Mitt Romney and aides that the Obama campaign is targeting military voters — a false claim, Obama’s team quickly responded.
Said Romney in a statement: “President Obama’s lawsuit claiming it is unconstitutional for Ohio to allow servicemen and women extended early voting privileges during the state’s early voting period is an outrage.”
Rob Diamond, director of veterans and military family voting for the Obama campaign, said Romney is fabricating his claim: “The Obama campaign filed a lawsuit to make sure every Ohioan, including military members and their families, has early voting rights over the last weekend prior to the election.”
Obama political adviser David Axelrod, appearing on Fox News Sunday, said Romney’s claims are “false and misleading,” and that the lawsuit is about “whether the rest of Ohio should have the same right” to early voting as members of the military.
“I think it’s shameful that Governor Romney would hide behind our servicemen and -women to try and win a lawsuit to deprive other Ohioans of the right to vote,” Axelrod said.
Ohio — with 18 electoral votes — is not just any member of the Electoral College; it has picked the winner in 12 straight presidential elections.
I find it absolutely incredible that David Axelrod frosts at the mere notion that his candidate’s actions could possibly be a result of an animus toward the military that the president has shown time and time again. Especially considering that the same people defending this action by Obama’s campaign by saying, “Nothing to see here! No, this has nothing to do with the military!” are the very same people who decried voter ID efforts here in South Carolina and beyond as racially motivated.
So, Barack Obama’s suit in Ohio is not indicative of his feelings toward the military, but legislation intended to combat voter fraud is most certainly rooted in racial hatred.