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Romney has tricked several military groups into opposing Obama’s lawsuit that would restore all Ohioans' rights to early voting. And Jon Soltz of VoteVets.org wants Romney to fess up to the facts.
Since 2005 Ohio had allowed 3-day early voting for all citizens, including veterans and active military. Many veterans and others with other time limitations, including full-time jobs, were able to vote on weekends and avoid long lines.
Obama’s lawsuit is merely trying to restore a right that was exercised by an estimated 93,000 Ohioans in the last presidential election, one that the Ohio legislature just eliminated for everyone except active military personnel.
The grossly deceptive spin posted on Romney’s Facebook page tries to make the lawsuit look like Obama is attempting to take away the rights of servicemen and women, when it is Romney himself who supported doing away with early voting.
Tell Romney: Don’t restrict veterans‘ voting rights.
We, the undersigned, are outraged by your underhanded attempt to thwart Obama’s action to restore all veterans' voting rights in Ohio.
The wording in Obama's lawsuit couldn’t be more clear:
Plaintiffs bring this lawsuit to restore in-person early voting for all Ohioans during the three days prior to Election Day – a right exercised by an estimated 93,000 Ohioans in the last presidential election.
As Soltz told TPM:
We also agree, like the president does, that someone who served in World World II in the Battle of the Bulge or someone who lost their legs in Vietnam has just as much of a right to vote as today’s veteran.
The post on your Facebook page blatantly misrepresents the intent of Obama‘s lawsuit. Because it has succeeded in deceiving veterans and others into opposing Obama’s attempts to restore their voting rights in Ohio, you must be held responsible for correcting this misinformation along with correcting your support of Ohio’s new voting restrictions.
We request you do so immediately.