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. The brave men and women of our military make tremendous sacrifices to protect and defend our freedoms, and we should do everything we can to protect their fundamental right to vote. I stand with the fifteen military groups that are defending the rights of military voters, and if I’m entrusted to be the commander-in-chief, I’ll work to protect the voting rights of our military, not undermine them.
It all started when Shannon Bream, a guest host on Special Report, said that President Barack Obama’s campaign is suing in Ohio “to prevent military voters in Ohio from having extra time to cast their ballots.” The correspondent featured, Ed Henry, showed a video clip of Mitt Romney saying that “it would be a disservice to members of the military to impede them from voting,” and “a violation of trust.”
Well, Ms. Bream and Governor Romney, you don’t quite seem to understand what the President is really suing for. The campaign is actually suing to allow all Ohio voters to vote during that period, because not allowing them to is a violation of the Constitution’s equal protection clause. That was reported in the Cincinnati Enquirer, along with the fact that right now Ohio uniformed military personnel, spouses, and voting-age dependents can vote through the Monday before the election.
Only in a Republican mind is suing for equal rights limiting someone else’s. As of yet, nothing has been said to apologize or excuse the misinformation that was spread both by the Romney campaign and the Special Report guest host.
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