Friday, September 01, 2006

Blackwell loses again

U.S. District Judge Kathleen O'Malley today threw out the provision of Ohio House Bill 3 that placed severe restrictions on voter registration drives.

House bill 3 is a collection of attempts by Blackwell and the Republicans to make it harder for citizens to vote, especially traditionally democratic voters.

This law required each person who registered voters to personally turn the forms into the board of elections in person or by mail. This restricted traditional voter registrations drives such as Project Vote, Communities of Faith Assemblies Church, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, Common Cause Ohio, People for the American Way Foundation and American Association of People with Disabilities.

This is just the first plank of many issues with this bill that should be thrown out. Perhaps the most concerning is the requirement that naturalized citizens must produce their actual citizenship papers if requested by a poll worker, regardless of how long or they have been a citizen or how many other documents such as passports they may have.

Thank goodness for the judicial branch at least for now. Within days we will most likely hear about what a "left leaning, Liberal" Judge O'Malley is by the republican "trashing" machine.


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