by Kyle Swenson
Here in Ohio, the great and sweeping voter disenfranchisement being enacted by Secretary of State John Husted is becoming one of the more contentious issues rearing its ugly head this election season.
The basic situation is that Husted has stacked the deck so that early voting centers in urban areas (that's codespeak for black, or Democrat) patches of the state will close down early, while suburban sites (white, or Republican) stay open longer.
Despite the lame excuses issuing out of the Republican establishment's various mouthpieces, that's unfair any way you cut it. The New York Times, the Gray Lady itself, agrees. Today the paper featured an editorial calling out Husted on his chicanery, titled “Overt Discrimination in Ohio.”
This is just the latest alarming example of how Republicans across the country are trying to manipulate the electoral system by blocking the voting rights of their opponents. These actions have a disproportionate effect on blacks, Hispanics and other ethnic minorities who struggled for so long to participate in American democracy.
No doubt, Husted is getting the article framed as we speak so he can show it off in his study when his WASP bros come over for cognac and cigars. But in reality, this is probably not a good thing for the young pol's career. Being a dutiful soldier for your party is one thing; becoming the national name and face for blatant voter disenfranchisement, quite another.