Early voting begins in less than a month in the pivotal swing state of Ohio.
“When we take these things to the courts, we have to make sure that we’re going to have listening ears.”
Amazingly, Ohio’s “golden week” was instituted via bipartisanship. Reece explained on NewsOne Now that prior to the 2008 election and after the “Bush debacle,” the Republican-led General Assembly worked with Democrats to make the polls more accessible to voters.
As a result, voters were allowed to register and vote within the same week and the board of elections created “Souls to the Polls” by way of their faith-based initiative.
Unfortunately, it didn’t last. According to State Senator Reece, after the election of President Barack Obama, they said, “Wait a minute, these things are terrible.”
Reece told viewers, “These same Republicans that said ‘Let’s create these things together,’ are the same people that are saying ‘Let’s take them away.’”
According to court records, in 2008, more than 60,000 people voted during “golden week” and that number ballooned to 80,000 in 2012.
Watch Roland Martin and State Senator Alicia Reece discuss the targeted limiting of early voting in Ohio in the video clip above.
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