Remember that thing in Ohio where the state government in Ohio took away early voting for everyone except members of the military and then the Federal Government filed a lawsuit saying that the State had to treat all their voters equally? And then the Republicans spun that by saying OBAMA HATES THE MILITARY and doesn’t want them to vote?
Well, a Federal Judge ruled that the State doesn’t get to pick and choose among groups regarding who gets to vote when, citing, oh – basic fairness, and also precedents such as
“A citizen has a constitutionally protected right to participate in elections on an equal
basis with other citizens in the jurisdiction.” Dunn v. Blumstein, 405 U.S. 330, 336 (1972).
Bush v. Gore:
The right to vote is protected in more than the initial allocation of
the franchise. Equal protection applies as well to the manner of its
exercise. Having once granted the right to vote on equal terms,
the State may not, by later arbitrary and disparate treatment,
value one person’s vote over that of another.
And now EVERYONE in Ohio gets to do early voting if they want to.
So Yaaay Federal Judge PETER C. ECONOMUS for protecting basic civil rights in Ohio.