Misinformation. Disinformation. Lies. Hiding from questions.
This is the Mitt Romney and Republican campaign.
‘While the lawsuit does not restrict the ability of military personnel to cast their ballots early, both sides know how volatile an issue this can be’.
“I just find it troubling that the Republicans would use veterans groups as cover fire for their real mission,” former Congressman John Boccieri, D-Ohio, told Fox News in an interview. “Their real mission quite obviously is to restrict people from voting three days before the election.”
From : http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/08/04/obama-campaign-sues-ohio-over-early-voting-law-for-military/#ixzz22bqw859E
Republicans in Ohio have created two ‘classes’ of citizens. The military who can vote ‘early’ up until Monday evening, the day before the election.
And the non military, after the Republican lead Ohio legisature passed 3 laws, can now only vote ‘early’ up until Friday evening.
Prior to the Republican lead Legislatures actions, ALL citizens, military and non military could vote ‘early’ up until Monday evening before the election.
The Republican lead Ohio Legislature took 3 days of eary voting away from ALL citizens unless they are in the military.
2 classes of citizens in Ohio.
‘Mitt Romney sparked a Saturday tit-for-tat by claiming, without pointing to any evidence, that President Obama’s campaign is trying to restrict military voting in Ohio’.
‘Obama’s campaign responded, ripping Romney for “completely fabricating” a claim it called “shameful.”
‘At issue: A lawsuit the Obama campaign filed July 17 that seeks to restore three days of early voting for all of the state’s voters. At no point does the lawsuit attempt to curb the rights of active military’.
‘Instead, the federal suit tries to restore three days of early voting for all citizens that Ohio GOP-led state legislature eliminated in 2011. The state law ended early voting on the Friday before Election Day, though federal law allows members of the military to vote until the Monday before Election Day’.
‘Romney’s spokesman, Ryan Williams, in an interview Saturday could point to no place in Obama’s lawsuit that seeks to restrict the rights of military voters’.
‘Romney, Williams said, takes offense at Obama’s legal argument that the Ohio law unfairly creates two classes of voters, military and civilian, in violation of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause’.
‘Romney’s legal counsel, Katie Biber, said creating two separate classes of Ohio voters does not violate the 14th Amendment, though she also did not offer evidence that Obama’s lawsuit would make it tougher for members of the military to vote’.
‘Romney, in his statement released under the headline “We Must Defend the Rights of Military Voters,” pledged to defend such rights’.
“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,” Romney said. “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 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’s campaign blasted Romney for misreading the lawsuit’.
“Mitt Romney and his campaign have completely fabricated a claim that the Obama campaign is trying to restrict military voting in Ohio,” said Rob Diamond, Obama’s veterans and military family vote director. “In fact, the opposite is true: 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.”
‘According to the lawsuit, 1.71 million Ohio votes were cast during early voting in 2008, nearly 30 percent of all votes in the state’s election. Of those, 93,000 were cast during the three days prior to the election, the lawsuit states’.
‘Early voting figures dropped to 1.02 million, or 26 percent of the electorate, in the state’s 2010 election, which was swept by Republicans’.
From : http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/08/obama-camp-romneys-ohio-voting-claim-shameful-131098.html