Target: Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted
Goal: Remove the newly enacted ban on weekend early voting in Ohio
Republican legislators in Ohio have removed the last three days of early voting in a blatant attempt to suppress the vote. Those three days — the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the election — have primarily been used by minorities, students and low-income voters. Many of them can’t get out of work during the week to go to the polls. Often, they are elderly or disabled, and need the help of a family member to go out and vote.
Recently, Montgomery County Board of Elections members Tom Ritchie, Sr. and Dennis Lieberman moved to continue the early voting hours through the weekend, as Ohio has always done. The Secretary of State ordered them to back down. When they stood their ground, he suspended them and is now attempting to fire them.
The lawmakers claim that the new rule will cut down on voter fraud. Not only is there practically no evidence of voter fraud actually taking place, but if there were, how exactly would preventing people from voting on the weekend solve that problem? Ohio must revise its weekend voting rules in order to provide an equal opportunity for all voters to exercise their democratic rights.
Dear Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted,
Early voting in Ohio is a tradition that has long helped citizens of every stripe to cast their vote. For many, that weekend is their only chance to make their voices heard.
Banning early voting on the weekend before the election could deny tens of thousands of Ohio citizens their right to vote in November.
It’s time to put partisanship aside and make sure that every vote counts. Please lift the ban on weekend early voting in Ohio, and reinstate Tom Ritchie, Sr. and Dennis Leiberman to the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
[Your Name Here]
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