Monday, September 29, 2014

Activist Supreme Court Conservatives come out swinging, allow Voter Suppression in Ohio.

The activist justices on the Supreme Court decided, to hell with it, and went to work for Republicans. Why hide it? If flooding GOP candidates with money won't work, why not desperately take out the elections.
"Try and stop us!!!"
We no longer need to debate whether the court is activist. In fact, we’re now looking at what is basically a hostile takeover:
The Supreme Court delayed the start of early voting in Ohio Monday, a day before it was scheduled to begin, temporarily blocking a victory won by voting rights groups in lower courts. Ohio's was the first case to reach the high court, and the conservative majority blocked lower court rulings that would have jump-started early voting Tuesday.

The decision has potential implications for other states, including Wisconsin, North Carolina, Texas and Arkansas.
Here’s what the activist conservative justices allowed to suppress the vote:
Their action, opposed by the court's four liberal justices, reversed a federal appeals court decision that had blocked the state from reducing early voting from 35 to 28 days. The lower court also had ordered the state to restore some evening and Sunday voting that the Legislature had eliminated.

Since the 2010 elections, 22 states have enacted restrictions on voting. In 15 states, the upcoming federal elections will be the first to test their impact.
Ohio Republicans didn't just say it was about voter fraud, like everybody else, but they also claimed they were trying to save money. I’m not kidding. If you didn't get the message before, when the activist court struck down parts of the voting rights act, you got it now. Any questions? 
Today’s decision is harmful to Ohio voters,” State Senator Nina Turner said in a statement, adding, “The same divided court that struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act has now made it immeasurably more difficult for working Ohioans, African Americans, and low income and homeless voters to cast their ballot.”
As for Secretary of State Jon Husted's more restrictive cuts to voting hours? You know how people cheat in the dark of night:
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said Monday evening he will implement the schedule he set in June, which eliminates one Sunday and extra weeknight evening hours from the statewide schedule he set on Sept. 12.