I’m an independent registered voter and a veteran of the US Armed Forces and served under President George Bush Sr., and President Clinton. I do not support Mitt Romney because he dodged the draft. I encourage you to support Ohio Veterans who have a legitimate complaint against Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney is trying to restrict voting rights for over 900,000 Ohio veterans (along with every other Ohioan). We need to fight back, to protect our democracy against this horrific move.
We will not stand for your latest attempt to restrict voting rights for over 900,000 Ohio veterans. By supporting the Ohio law that shortens the early voting period, you are restricting the ability to vote of those who wore the uniform, and swore their lives to uphold our Constitution, including the right to vote.
The law you have come out in support of would restrict the incredibly successful early-voting program in the state, and specifically do away with voting the weekend before election day, when many working Ohioans chose to vote early. For veterans, many of whom have jobs they cannot leave during a weekday, weekend voting has proved crucial. In 2008, almost a third of Ohio voters used the early voting program, including veterans.
We’ve already seen what a non-early-voting Ohio looks like. We saw it in 2004, when in many polling places had extremely long lines, and polling places were shut down before everyone in line had a chance to vote. Non-early voting, quite literally, resulted in the disenfranchisement of voters, including veterans.
That you want to go back to those days is disgusting and wrong. If you truly want to show you are ready to be Commander in Chief, you can start by not trying to hurt the ability of veterans to vote.
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