Ohioans live in a state that it is important that all new voters are welcomed and that all of their votes are accurately counted. We also live in a state that in the last election of 2004, our Secretary of State, Ken Blackwell (R), was eviscerated by the judge in his response over Blackwell’s new directive to suppress votes in Ohio. This is what the judge had to say to Secretary Blackwell, “The exigencies requiring the relief being ordered herein are due to the failure of the defendant to fulfill his duty not only to this Court, as its injunction directed him to do. The Proposed Directive remains…and is every bit as much in violation of HAVA. Blackwell apparently seeks to accomplish the same result in Ohio 2004 that occurred in Florida in 2000.”
There is no grey area in what the judge had to say about Secretary Blackwell’s tactics in 2004. Now we move forward to 2008, Boehner (R) initially sent a letter to Mukasey, when he didn’t respond Boehner directly contacted President George W. Bush. He wants Bush to get involved with the 200,000 new voters to make them either verify information or cast provisional ballots, which we all know are oftentimes thrown out.
In response to this possible suppression of new voters, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and five congressional lawmakers, urged Attorney General Michael Mukasey not to intervene in Ohio’s voter registration dispute where Republicans have challenged the integrity of 200,000 new voter registration forms.
“The eyes of the nation are once again on Ohio in the Nov. 4 election in this critical election,” Brown and the congressional Democrats said in a letter sent to Mukasey. “We have confidence in the work that is being done by Ohio’s bipartisan group of election officials and by Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. We respectfully request that you refrain from taking any action absent more compelling evidence than partisan political requests.