Sunday, September 2, 2012

Federal Judge: Ohio Must Restore Early Voting Immediately Preceding Election

In a victory for Obama that is probably temporary, US District Judge Peter Economus granted a preliminary injunction in a suit by the Obama campaign against the state of Ohio:

[The judge] ruled that the “public interest is served by restoring in-person early voting to all Ohio voters.”

Earlier this month, the Romney campaign attacked the Obama campaign’s lawsuit, calling it an “outrage” and falsely accusing the president of trying to take away early voting rights for members of the military. In reality, the lawsuit was trying to ensure that most voters, including servicemen and women, had the chance to cast their ballots early.

U.S. District Judge Peter Economus ruled that restoring a voting window for the three days before the election “does not deprive [Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act] voters from early voting” but instead “places all Ohio voters on equal standing.”


“Plaintiffs will suffer irreparable injury if in-person early voting is not restored the last three days before Election Day, and there is no definitive evidence before the Court that elections boards will be tremendously burdened,” Economus wrote.

“Restoring in-person early voting to all Ohio voters through the Monday before Election Day returns to voters the same opportunity to vote as previously conferred under Ohio law,” he wrote.

Whatever happened to the days when "honest" judges, once bought, stayed bought?

Ohio's AG, a GOPer, has announced that he will appeal the ruling. Given the composition of the federal judiciary in this sad and sorry age, I assume it will be overturned by a court full of judges who remember who paid for their plates.

AFTERTHOUGHT: Google gave me the first laugh of the day by returning the following image from a search for "thumb on scales":

I don't know who the hand belongs to, but I can confirm from watching lutenists for decades that the thumb-and-index position is classic for Renaissance lute.

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  1. Ohio miners say they were forced to attend Romney rally,0,7736824.story



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