I know this will come as a big surprise to everyone, but the Columbus Disgrace has again shown their true colors in being a Republican rag.
Both the Plain Dealer and Toledo Blade recently came out in editorials in support of restoring early voting in the last weekend before the election and have urged both Secretary of State Jon Husted and Attorney General Mike Dewine to comply with the Economus ruling and not try to appeal.
After U.S. District Judge Peter Economus ruled last Friday that Ohio boards of elections must offer in-person, early-voting hours during the final three days before Election Day, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine reacted the way the lawyer on the losing end of almost every case does: He promised to appeal. All the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary. Here’s a second opinion: Settle. …Making it easy for all people to vote ought to be everyone’s goal, regardless of party.
Ohio Republican leaders are challenging two proper court decisions that affect how the state will conduct elections this fall. The GOP would do better, on behalf of voters, to accept the rulings and agree to expand ballot access, rather than appear to pursue partisan advantage by restricting access.
What does the Columbus Disgrace want to talk about? A Federal Judges ruling all right, but not the right one. It’s as if they’re furiously waving their hands to their readers saying “Look over here! Don’t look over there!”
The Marbley ruling on provisional ballots, while important, is not even close to being as contentious as the Economus ruling. The far reaching effects of weekend in-person early voting in the 3 days before the election is something the Disgrace wants to ignore in favor of talking about a provisional ballot procedural issue.
Husted has now been ordered to appear in Economus’ court on September 13 to answer for his unwillingness to comply with the ruling of the court. This should be fun.
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