Tag Archives: Ohio Voting Rights

The Secretary’s Setback: The Polls Will Stay Open in Ohio

In my latest piece on the Huffington Post, I talk about the early voting saga in Ohio with Ohioans themselves.

The battle over early voting in Ohio might, finally, be over. The crusader for limiting voters’ access to the polls, Secretary of State Jon Husted, took a fatal blow from the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday. They declined to hear his appeal of the decision of lower courts that favored keeping the polls open the weekend before the November 6 election. The unelected justices-for-life did democracy a favor. Read the rest here!

News & Views

A roundup of news and analyses from and about Ohio – 10 September 2012

Over the last two weeks politicians and analysts alike have sought to give and take credit for Ohio’s economic recovery. My favorite piece is “Did Barack Obama Save Ohio?” by Matt Bai for the New York Times Magazine on 5 September 2012. You can listen to the discussion here, read more about Ohio’s centrality in the campaigns here, and see how the parties’ are sparring here. I have my own take on the centrality and reality about Ohio in the elections, “Are You Listening Ohio? It’s Me, Washington.”

“State of Working Ohio 2012,” a report released by Policy Matters Ohio on 2 September 2012. This report spurred a lot of discussion and offers critical insights (and reality checks for the overly-optimistic) on the nature of Ohio’s recovery.

“Federal judge orders Ohio to allow early voting on 3 days before Election Day,” by Jim Provance for the Toledo Blade on 31 August 2012. A blow to Secretary of State Jon Husted’s in the battle over voting rights in Ohio. But, this isn’t over yet: Husted is appealing the decision.

“USDA Declares Most of Ohio a Disaster Area,” WOUB/npr/PBS on 5 September 2012. After a long period of drought, federal assistance will help Ohio’s farmers. Here’s a breakdown of the corn production which is so vital to the state’s economy.

“School cuts cost Ohio a lot now, more later,” by David Kushma for the Toledo Blade on 9 September 2012. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities sees the state’s policy of cutting $1.8 billion from public schools as making it less likely that “Ohio will have the workforce it will need to succeed in the future.

“Unglamorous but effective ways to create more jobs,” Bloomberg, 2 September 2012. As it turns out, public and private collaboration in Ohio is one of the best examples of collaboration for the nation to follow. In other words, neither Romney nor Kasich nor even Obama and his bailout are going to do it alone.

“Steel Shipments Reviving Ohio River Valley,” by Keith Schneider in the New York Times on 5 September 2012. Change and continuity in the rust belt.

Voting Rights at Stake in the 21st Century

It’s not that national party conventions are entirely irrelevant. Amidst all the pomp and circumstance are significant theatrical displays that reveal forged alliances, potential cabinet picks, and stymied aspirations. But because the party’s nominee is already a given before convening, and no longer decided by debating delegates at the time of the gathering, national party conventions have lost most of their technical and practical usefulness. Other norms, like lobbying on the physical lobby floor of the Capitol Building, have also become rather obsolete in our matured political system. We may have thought that contending for fair voting rights across class and racial lines was also among the remnants of politics past. But on the same day that Mitt Romney was soliciting Americans for their votes, a federal district court had to strike down a Texas law that would impose “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor” and minority voters. That was just the latest development in a nationwide battle over voting rights. *Read the rest of this article here.