When I became the age to vote, the opportunity to vote was on Election Day. Employers were required to give employees enough time off to vote if their work schedule would not otherwise allow them to vote. Everyone knew when Election Day was and they made arrangements to their schedules to afford them the opportunity to vote.
I’m not sure when or who started the concept of turning Election Day into Election Week or even Election Month and I don’t understand why it’s even necessary. Why do people need weeks or even a month to be able to vote? Do they take weeks or a month to celebrate Christmas Day or Thanksgiving Day? Employers aren’t required to give them time off for these events or holidays, but they are for Election Day. Isn’t this the reason we have absentee ballots that you mail in?
In Ohio, the liberal Democrats have done their best to extend Election Day as long as possible. Over the years, they managed to stretch one day into 35 days. Why? The only reason I can figure out is to allow more opportunity for voter fraud.
Ohio’s Republicans passed a law to reduce the extended voting time to only 28 days, which is still 27 days too long in my book. Liberal Democrats in the state stamped their feet and cried like babies and threw their temper tantrum all the way to federal court.
Fortunately for the winers their case went before U.S. Federal Judge Peter Economus who was appointed to the bench by Bill Clinton, so you know that this judge has liberal democratic views. Economus ruled that the Ohio law passed by Ohio’s Republicans and signed by Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich was unconstitutional. The judge ruled that the law violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by discriminating against voters based on race, color or language. (What’s the difference between race and color?) Economus also ruled that Ohio’s exclusion of Sunday and evening voting was a violation and ordered the state to open up early voting to include them. These changes are to be made for this year’s midterm election while the judge considers if they will be permanent for all elections in the future.
So let me ask you this: are people of certain races, color or language incapable to casting a vote within a 28 day period? If that’s true then explain to me how 7 more days will make a difference?
I bet these same people of race, color or language are able to show up for work on time every day, that is assuming they have a job. If they don’t work, I bet they can show up at the unemployment office, welfare office, food stamp office, food kitchen location on time on the right days. So why does it take them 35 days instead of only 28 days to get their lazy butts down to the voting location in their area?
Now if you have certain people that register to vote in more than one county or under more than one name, it may take them extra time to work out a schedule to get from one location to another in order to cast their multiple votes. Having seven more days also allows certain people to do more research to see how many dead people are on the voter registration list so they can vote for them.
Or like the one poll worker in Cincinnati, it may take someone that long to vote twice for herself and then vote for her sister, granddaughter, neighbors and friends.
I say Election Day should be ONE day and ONE day only. If you can’t make it, cast an absentee ballot.