Making it more difficult to vote in Ohio

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It was disappointing to learn the voter turnout for the May primary election was the lowest it has been in decades. This is cause for alarm. First, because people should care who is running for office, and should take advantage of opportunities to shape our government. Second, because it will be even harder to cast a ballot this fall.

For the past year, Republicans in Columbus have been working overtime to make it harder for us to vote. Secretary of State Jon Husted decided unilaterally to end early voting on Sundays and on most evenings -- times that are actually convenient for most voters. Meanwhile, his friends in the legislature passed bills to shorten the early voting period and create overly technical reasons to throw our valid ballots. They have created an atmosphere that says "We don't want your vote."

Although some of these new restrictions were delayed until just days ago, they will be in full effect this fall. If participation in May's election was historically low, more restrictions will not encourage a different outcome.

If our public officials want to actually encourage Ohioans to come out and vote, they shouldn't be making it harder to do so.

We must protect voting rights for all.

W. Frank Hairston, Ravenna Township

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  • I agree with redleg. I have voted in person on election day every election for 50 years.

  • My first vote was 1972.  And NEVER EVER have I had a problem election day. The polls open at a certain time on election day, and I stand in line and vote. I didn't need extra days, or special hours. I just had to show up on election day,  on time, and vote.

    The U.S. wasn't a Nanny State back then.

    If you can't schedule your time to vote, (you have months/years to plan), where are your priorities?

    The letter above is more of Rep. Clyde's (Democrat from Kent), talking points, by making voting a political football.

    Dems Creed: Cause Division Anyway/However you can.

    P.S. November 4th, 2014 Election day. Time to plan ahead. Go vote!!!

  • Balooney. Apathy and low information voters is the reason behind low turnout. Now that 51% of the population is on one or more taxpayer funded handouts...they just dont care and only want the freebies to continue. So if they vote it is to keep the free stuff flowing.