Target: Southern Ohio U.S. District Court Michael Watson
Goal: Thank judge for restoring early and weekend voting to the residents of Ohio.
Deep cuts to voting opportunities for Ohio citizens have been ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Court judge. Four years ago, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill into law that significantly cut the number of days in which people can vote in the state. Now, thanks to activists like those who signed this ForceChange petition, the people of Ohio can vote with ease again.
Cutting early and weekend voting has a significant impact on the voter turnout of the poor, people of color, single mothers, and others who tend to have work and other responsibilities during standard voting hours that they can’t miss. These individuals also happen to be more likely to vote Democrat.
Many community organizations including labor unions and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative have spent the last four years trying to end this blatant voter disenfranchisement. Finally, the U.S. District Court of Southern Ohio has reversed this law and given real democracy back to the people. Ohio residents will once again be allowed to cast their votes up to 35 days before the November election day.
As voter turnout increases due to the high stakes of the upcoming presidential election, it’s extremely important to let as many Americans as possible have their voices be heard, especially those who would be harmed most by a bad decision this year. Thank the judge presiding over this case for restoring access to voting to millions of Ohio residents.
Dear Judge Watson,
I wanted to thank you for your decision to rule the law significantly cutting early voting days unconstitutional. You’re absolutely right that laws like this stopping people from voting early and on weekends disproportionately affects people of color and the poor. The four years that this law has been allowed to stand has led to lower voting turnouts, cheapening democracy in the entire state.
Thanks to you, many more Ohio residents will be able to vote in the upcoming elections. The right and ability to vote is one of the most essential rights in any society, but it’s completely unfair to expect the poor to miss work and sacrifice their pay to do so. Thank you again for upholding democracy in the U.S.
[Your Name Here]
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