U.S. military personnel tend to favor Republicans so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that President Obama’s reelection campaign has filed suit attacking an Ohio law that makes it easier for soldiers to vote.
This nickel-and-dime approach to disenfranchisement was used by then-presidential candidate Al Gore in 2000. The unsuccessful Democrat turned global warming hoaxer had his lawyers disqualify ballots from military personnel overseas. The new lawsuit is also an apparent acknowledgement that Obama is writing off the military vote this year.
It needs to be noted that for all the Left’s incessant whining about largely imaginary “voter suppression,” progressives have been silent about this real-life example of a political candidate trying to make it harder for those Americans who don’t support him to vote.
Obama’s campaign claims that Ohio election reforms aimed at reducing long lines and fixing various glitches in the balloting process amount to preferential treatment for military voters. Ohio allows registered voters covered by the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act to vote early in person up until the day before Election Day. The cutoff for voters not covered by the federal law to vote early is three days earlier.
The case was filed July 17 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. It has been assigned to Judge Peter C. Economus, who was nominated for the post by President Clinton in 1995. One of Obama’s lawyers, Jennifer Katzman, is identified by the Orwellian title of “National Voter Protection Counsel” for the campaign. (Obama’s complaint may be read here; the state’s response may be read here.)
Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney condemned the Obama campaign’s lawsuit.
“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,” Romney said.
“I stand with the 15 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.”
Obama has been sticking it to soldiers for some time. The president has been endangering national security and potentially making the military’s job much harder in the future by promising Russia to wipe out America’s nuclear arsenal when he has “more flexibility” after the election, abandoning Israel and all but cheering on Iran’s development of nuclear weapons, arming al-Qaida in Libya, supporting Islamists in Egypt, and taking countless other bizarre, inexplicable positions such as stabbing the United Kingdom in the back by supporting Argentina’s dubious claim over the Falkland Islands.
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