Ohio Cuts Early Voting Hours Crucial To African-American Voters
The GOP minority voter suppression initiatives are continuing across the country and the things in Ohio are only getting worse for African-American voters.
via Think Progress
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has followed through on promises to restrict voting opportunities in his state.
The change, announced Tuesday, eliminates extended early voting hours on weekdays, the final two days before Election Day as well as Sunday voting, a day typically important to African-American voters because churches use it to turn out votes.
The early voting period is vital to the elderly, low-income voters, and anyone else with limited means to get to the polls, not to mention that it cuts down on election-day long lines and chaos. MSNBC notes that in 2008, black voters made up 56 percent “of all weekend voters in Cuyahoga County, Ohio’s largest, even though they made up just 28% of the county’s population.”
Husted’s announcement comes on the heels of other Ohio initiatives to suppress turnout. Ohio just passed two bills that eliminates an entire week of early voting and end the practice of mailing absentee ballots.
The 2016 elections are still 2 years away and these Republicans are already stopping at nothing to make sure our voices won’t get heard so, start paying attention and planning ways around these
racist shady new “policies,” folks!