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Don't let Republicans steal the election for Mitt Romney
  • Petitioned Senator Patrick Leahy

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Senator Patrick Leahy

Don't let Republicans steal the election for Mitt Romney

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      <span>CREDO Action</span>

Ohio has emerged as the latest front in the Republican scheme to derail democracy by disenfranchising millions of voters. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, in a blatant partisan move to steal the election for Mitt Romney, is trying to put an end to early weekend voting before Election Day. This change in Ohio election practices specifically impacts minority and low income voters.

It's not just Ohio. It's also Florida and Pennsylvania. Earlier this summer, CREDO Action members signed over 87,000 petitions and made over 1,600 phone calls urging Senator Patrick Leahy, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to hold Congressional hearings on brazen Republican efforts to steal the 2012 presidential election in other key battle ground states like Florida and Pennsylvania. With Republicans showing no sign of slowing down their tenacious efforts to steal the election, we're escalating our call for Senator Leahy to hold hearings to investigate the GOP effort to suppress the votes of millions of voters in key battleground states across the country.

Tell the Senate Judiciary Committee: Hold emergency hearings on Republicans' schemes to steal the presidential election in key battleground states.

A prominent Ohio Republican state official has already openly admitted that Husted's efforts to shut down weekend voting would result in African Americans voters having a more difficult time voting. A federal district judge struck down Husted's effort to restrict early voting during the three days before the election, and after initially resisting that court order Husted backed down for the time being, pending appeal in higher court.

But the crisis is not over. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that will be reviewing the district court decision to strike down Husted's efforts to restrict early voting is "a Republican-leaning court with a history of partisan decisions benefiting the Republican Party."

The situation in Ohio is crucial given its recent history in Presidential elections. In 2004 hundreds of thousands of predominantly minority and Democratic voters were disenfranchised on Election Day due to massive lines and "widespread electoral dysfunction." As Ari Berman reported in the Nation:

According to one survey, 174,000 Ohioans, 3 percent of the electorate, left their polling place without voting because of the interminable wait. (Bush won the state by only 118,000 votes).

In response to the mess on Election Day in 2004, Ohio reformed its electoral process by adding early voting before Election Day, leading to a "much smoother experience" in 2008. The opportunity to vote early led to record turnout for African American and low income voters.

Now the Republicans in Ohio are working to disenfranchise thousands of those voters in racially diverse urban centers such as Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland. The restriction on weekend voting is specifically aimed at disrupting minority voters - for example, African-American churches historically rally their congregants to the voting booth on the Sunday before the election.

Tell the Senate Judiciary Committee: Hold emergency hearings on Republicans' schemes to steal the presidential election in key battleground states.

The Republican elections officials in Ohio, along with their counterparts in Florida and Pennsylvania, should be trying to help more eligible voters participate in the democratic process, not disenfranchise minorities and the poor.

With Congress returning from summer recess this week, Senator Leahy needs to get the message from as many Americans as possible that it's not okay for Republican elections officials in Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio - or any other state -- to engage in systematic effort to disenfranchise U.S. citizens for the explicit purpose of swinging the election to Republican Mitt Romney in November.

Let's keep the pressure on Senator Leahy to hold a public hearing on the GOP war on voting today.

Thank you for standing up for the right to vote.

To:
Senator Patrick Leahy
In the wake of relentless Republican efforts to suppress the votes of millions of eligible citizens across the country, the Senate Judiciary Committee must hold emergency hearings on Republicans' schemes to steal the presidential election in key battleground states.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Darlene Anderson SPRINGFIELD, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Fairness

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    • VAL KAMM WOODLAND PARK, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      BECAUSE THE TRUTH TRULY MATTERS & THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS ARGUABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE WE HAVE AS AMERICANS! I AM OUTRAGED BY THE HYPOCRISY OF THE (RELIGIOUS) RIGHT CONSERVATIVES, TO WHOM THE FACTS APPARENTLY MEANS NOTHING IF IT STANDS IN THEIR WAY OF STEALING AN ELECTION! WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE ANYWAY?!

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    • cyn marose DUNNELLON, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Republicans have made it clear that they will make it as difficult as possible for some to vote, admitting they would "steal" the vote if they had to. People, wake up and stop this Governor of Florida! Oust him from office!!!

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    • James Marshall OKEMOS, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      We need to protect Democracy.

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    • Nancy Wyatt LINDEN, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      Election Fraud is Unacceptable

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