Democracy Now: Fired Ohio Election Officials Sue for Reinstatement


Two Ohio election officials fired for trying to extend early voting have filed a federal lawsuit seeking reinstatement at their jobs. The two officials, Thomas Ritchie and Dennis Lieberman, were dismissed last month for moving to extend early voting after Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, announced all counties would follow uniform hours for early voting on weekdays. But since his order only applied during the week, Ritchie and Lieberman moved to expand voting times on the weekend. Critics have said the state’s uneven hours benefit white Republicans, while disenfranchising people of color. President Obama won Montgomery County in 2008. A federal judge struck down Ohio’s effort to prevent early voting the weekend before the election late last month, but Ohio has filed an appeal.

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~ by wheresthemic on September 11, 2012.

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