Disinformation by petition signature takers

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I've run into 2 different petition signature takers today telling me that "they are trying to take away our voting rights". You can get the Ohio HB # from the petition worker (I just looked the bill up on google fairly easily, but don't recall the number - it was very easy to google even without the HB#.

Here is what the signature takers told me - besides the generalization that "they are tryng t take away our voting rights". The petition workers are saying that one of the provisions of the bill is to eliminate - ON ELECTION DAY - any voting after 5:00 p.m. I could not verify that piece of information, and cannot believe it is true.

Now, the time frame for early voting HAS been reduced. My take on that is "boo hoo". Nobody needs 30 odd days prior to election day to decide whether they can mosey on down to a polling location and vote. Nixon was responsible for getting the voting age changed from 21 to 18 - but, of course, after the '68 election. So in 1968 this did me & thousands of under-21's in the military and in Vietnam at the time - no good. We had to wait to vote nationally until 1972. At which time, I had no difficulty getting to the polls. There was no such thing as early voting back then nor for years afterward to my knowledge.

Additionally, it is extremely easy to get an absentee ballot and vote that way prior to actual election day. I did not sign the petition - I told both signature-takers that I did not believe that there would be any bill to close the polls - ON ELECTION DAY - at 5:00 p.m. and they should check again with whoever told them that.

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Excellent example of someone taking the time to educate themselves on the real aspects of the bill. The petition holders are supposed to be identified, they are supposed to have a copy of the bill available for you, and they are supposed to be honest in what the bill says. Next time get a name and report them to the Sec. of State. HB 194 SB 148 are the bills in question.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

New radio ad regarding SB 5 and HB 194.

“Here in Ohio, our communities are under attack. Gov. John Kasich and the Columbus politicians have passed two laws to take us back to the days of Jim Crow. "
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/09/27/Ad-likens-elect...

This whole thing sounds like a liberal blue-light special.
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and research these bills for themselves. Some of the television ads have bordered on outright lying.

Unfortunately, I don't think the two individuals you encountered were misinformed. I'd be willing to bet they were given very slanted talking points and improvised from there.

Reminds me of when the smoking ban was collecting signatures. Two petition gatherers were at the Spring Meadows Target collecting signatures. The problem is Target doesn't allow soliciting on their property. I informed Target management and they called the police.

Many of the petition gathers I've found have a disregard for the law and take a beg forgiveness rather than ask permission type of attitude.

MikeyA

As with the Wisconsin recall, this has nothing to do with any remotely noble purpose than to protect the political power of big unions.

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I find it really funny that "Republicans are trying to take away your voting rights" all because they shortened early voting (which was never a right and gives the courts more time to settle petition lawsuits) and because they require you to prove you are who you say you are (as if identity theft isn't a problem) but yet a Democrat can openly attack Democracy.

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2011/09/28/perdue-suspend-el...

Now that's taking away your voting rights!

MikeyA

I am 54 years old. I have voted in every presidential election since I turned 18.
This may be shocking to hear (insert sarcasm font here) each time I voted on, (gasp) election day!!

All this other BS is just that, BS. If you know you aren't going to be available on election day, cast an absentee ballot.

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

Very true JM.

I've voted in every election (except municiple) since I was 18. The majority of these have been via absentee ballot. I have taken advantage of early voting once during that time.

Early voting is a convenience and I really do like it and hope they do some form of it. Yet it is not a "right". And anyone who complains about the ID requirements at the precinct needs to attempt to vote absentee just once. http://www.co.lucas.oh.us/index.aspx?NID=75 The instructions are listed at the bottom and these have not had any major changes in the last 12 years (when I began voting absentee).

MikeyA

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