Federal judge swats down GOP vote suppression scheme in Ohio

long-lines-at-pollsA federal judge has blocked a GOP vote suppression effort in Ohio, a key battleground state. The judge ruled that a GOP-passed bill that curtails early voting imposes a “disproportionate burden” on African-American voters. A lawyer for the plaintiffs said, “It’s a shame that Republican officials continue to fight against increased access to the polls, making lawsuits like this necessary.” Read the story here. Republicans have adopted a nationwide strategy of trying to win elections by making it difficult or impossible for certain demographic groups who favor Democrats to vote. These groups include African-Americans and other minorities, the elderly, poor, and students.

Photo: Voting line in Republican state




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