When Republicans claim they need to protect the integrity of elections from Democratic voter fraud, a problem proven not to exist, they are using projection. By making these false claims against Democrats, they are trying to cover up the need to protect the integrity of elections from Republican election theft. In Ohio, Republicans are at it again.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) became the public face of vote suppression this year for his overreaching election directives, which restricted early voting hours and forbid election officials from counting legitimate votes. Though President Obama won the state, Husted has not halted his efforts. With two House races heading to a recount, Husted is now facing accusations that he is illegally tossing provisional ballots. These House races will determine whether state Republicans get a super-majority to put constitutional amendments on the ballot without a single Democratic vote.
State representatives Kathleen Clyde (D-OH) and Debbie Phillips (D-OH) threatened to sue Wednesday evening over at least 384 ballots that have been discarded in the two districts in question, Tuscarawas and Cuyahoga. According to the state reps, some ballots were put in plain manila envelopes instead of provisional ballot envelopes, rendering them invalid. Additionally, they say Husted is rejecting ballots covered under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, which allows voters who have moved to a different address within the same congressional district to vote at their former precinct.
Even more ballots are likely to have been wrongly discarded because officials are using a database already proven to be flawed and incomplete to determine the voter’s registration status… [emphasis added]
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Rachel Maddow had more on this Republican attempt to overcome the voters’ will.
There is no doubt that Clyde and Phillips should follow up their intent to sue, because nothing short of that will stop Husted. It seems that he no longer cares that the blatancy of his abuse of power makes his intent to steal the election crystal clear. Furthermore, DOJ needs to investigate Republican crimes pertaining to election theft both in Ohio and elsewhere.