• “Ohio is a national leader when it comes to early voting opportunities.”

    Ohio can once again eliminate its controversial “Golden Week,” an early voting period starting 35 days before an election in which people could register and vote early at the same time:

    In a 2-1 ruling, a panel for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed a lower court’s decision. It said that the lower court overstepped its authority when it ruled the state could not roll back the early voting period one week – from 35 days to 28 days before the election.

    Declining to “become entangled, as overseers and micromanagers, in the minutiae of state election processes,” Judge David McKeague wrote in the majority opinion that Ohio’s 2014 law eliminating Golden Week in no way infringes on the fundamental right to vote and that proper “deference to state legislative authority requires that Ohio’s election process be allowed to proceed unhindered by the federal courts.”

     

    McKeague also rejected plaintiffs’ argument that a state voting accommodation once implemented could never be rolled back:

    “Adopting plaintiffs’ theory of disenfranchisement would create a ‘one-way ratchet’ that would discourage states from ever increasing early voting opportunities, lest they be prohibited by federal courts from later modifying their election procedures in response to changing circumstances,” McKeague wrote.

    The ruling is a big loss for the Ohio Democratic Party and their allies, including Marc Elias, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign general counsel, and anti-election integrity lawsuit bankroller George Soros, and a big victory for voting integrity. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted acknowledged the win:

    “Ohio offers a generous number of days, hours and ways to vote – making us one of the easiest states in which to cast a ballot. This issue has been dragged through the courts by political activists twice over the course of several years, and both times, it has ended with the same result: Ohio’s laws are fair and constitutional,” Husted said. “I hope the Democrats will end their wasteful lawsuits so we can all move forward with this election.”

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    25th of August 2016
  • A new Gallup poll finds an overwhelming majority of Americans support “requiring all voters to provide photo identification at their voting place in order to vote,” including 81% of white and 77% of nonwhite Americans.

    Gallup poll 2016

    Despite the Left’s incessant narrative that voter ID laws are designed for the sole purpose of disenfranchising minority voters, Americans of all colors want their votes protected from theft by common-sense laws.

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    23rd of August 2016
  • first step towards nationalizing election administration?

    DHS officials admitted they had no evidence of any “credible threat” of a cyber-attack. But designating the nation’s election system as “critical infrastructure” under a post 9/11 federal statute may be a way for the administration to get Justice Department lawyers, the FBI, and DHS staff into polling places they would otherwise have no legal right to access, which would enable them to interfere with election administration procedures around the country.

    Nudging the federal nose under state and local election administration tents, under the guise of protecting elections from threats DHS admits are nonexistent, exploits concerns over the recent spate of cyber-attacks – all on computer systems that have direct access to the internet, unlike most all of our decentralized election system – and the current paranoia about voting machine “hacking,” while diverting attention from the more subtle ways the integrity of our elections is under attack.

    And three years later, the administration is still looking for ways around the SCOTUS decision that effectively ended federal preclearance.

    DHS’ actions could stem from the administration’s frustration over the 2013 Shelby County decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, about which Attorney General Loretta Lynch has loudly complained, claiming it severely curtailed the ability of DOJ to send official observers recruited by OPM to polling places. Those officials can only go where a court has given them authorization to be present. Otherwise, DOJ is dependent on local jurisdictions giving DOJ permission for its lawyers and staff to be there. Many jurisdictions have wised up and started saying “no” to DOJ. That must be very frustrating to the partisans who inhabit parts of the Justice Department these days and want their staff out there making sure their political friends get elected.

    The realistic fear is that this is the first step towards nationalizing election administration. Federal officials who have already shown they will not hesitate to use their power to tilt public policy in favor of their own personal political agenda could bring that same bias to decisions that affect the very integrity of our election process.

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    20th of August 2016

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