A friend just posted this article about Obama for America v. Husted in Ohio. The friend went on to say how horrible it was that Obama would deny members of the military the right to vote.
So, I patiently explained that the lawsuit is really not about taking three days of early voting away from military voters, but about how it’s been taken away from non-military voters. Was she relieved to have this tidbit of information? Well, no.
There are other folks on Facebook saying similar things. I mean, it’s not nearly as important as chicken sandwiches, but it’s got some people riled up.
So, the issue is that the new Ohio law says that early voting ends on Friday, November 2. However, military voters may submit early voting ballots until Monday, November 5. (The general election is on Tuesday, November 6.) The OFA v. Husted suit says that this violates the equal protection clause by creating two classes of voters. The proposed remedy is to simply allow all voters to cast early voting ballots until Monday. Somehow this gets twisted to denying military voters of three days of voting.
The whole worship of military guys gets my goat anyway. What the hell do they want, a friggin’ cookie?! Go vote. Don’t go vote. Whatever you do, do it before the deadline, whenever it is. Get over it. Damn.
Thanks for listening.