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Government and Politics

Ohio Secretary of State fires Democratic elections board members
The two members disobeyed Husted's instructions to hold uniform hours for early in-person voting
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Jo Ingles

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has fired two Democratic members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles explains why.

Ingles on the fired board members

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The two Democratic members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, Tom Ritchie and Dennis Lieberman, faced a hearing at Secretary of State Husted’s office earlier this month.  The purpose of that hearing was to determine whether Husted could fire the two Democrats.  The hearing officer has given the go ahead and now, Husted, has dismissed the pair.  Husted said the men had disobeyed his directive to hold uniform hours for early in person voting.  Lieberman and Ritchie voted to hold weekend hours in their county after Husted issued his directive that all counties should have the same operating hours at boards of elections.  Lieberman says “SOS Husted is trampling on the rights of voters in this state and he will target anyone who dares to stand up to his suppressive acts.” Ritchie says “The losers here are the voters and our democracy. Voters want the polls open on weekends and evenings so give the people what they want.”  The two fired board members are considering legal action against Husted.

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"...the men had disobeyed his directive to hold uniform hours for early in person voting..." Voting is an important issue, by changing hours for districts people could get confused and think they can vote on the weekend, when they can't.
Perhaps all Republicans' should vote during the week, and all Democrats' should vote on the weekends.

Posted by: ACORN lives on August 29, 2012 2:08AM
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