Is Obama Trying To Limit Military Voting In Ohio? Nope.
Here’s a brief guide to the latest Republican lie-of-the-week: Mitt Romney‘s claim that the Obama administration has filed a “lawsuit claiming it is unconstitutional… to allow servicemen and women extended early voting privileges.” The claim was rated “False” by Politifact, and was given 3 out of 4 “Pinocchios” by the Washington Post‘s FactChecker. In reality, the Obama administration has filed a lawsuit to extend the voting rights of civilians.
In 2004, Ohio enacted several laws meant to ease confusion and long lines at the polls, including early voting. In the 2008 election, President Obama took Ohio, with a large number of voters voting early. It’s believed that Obama benefited greatly from programs at African American churches that took congregants to vote after services on the Sunday before election day. In response, Ohio Republicans repealed many of these early voting rights; the Ohio Secretary of State was then forced to clarify that Ohio servicemen and women were still able to use the original deadline.
The administration’s lawsuit clearly states that it seeks to preserve the original deadline for civilian voters as well. The document discusses the military voting deadline; elsewhere, it describes the changes to the voting laws as “arbitrary and inequitable treatment of similarly situated Ohio voters,” apparently referring to the racial and political undertones of the changes, not to the special military voting rights.
Conservatives blogs like Breitbart made several leaps away from reason to conclude that: 1) An Obama legal victory could possibly set a precedent that special voting rights for the military are unconstitutional; 2) Therefore, Obama is suing to take away military voting rights; 3) Therefore, Obama hates the military and America.
Politifact is left with no other way to say it:
It is simply dishonest for Romney and his backers to claim that Obama’s effort to extend early voting privileges to everyone in Ohio constitutes an attack on military voters’ ability to cast ballots on the weekend before elections.
What do you think of this latest doozie?