Ohio ‘concerned with the premise’ of Obama campaign military voting suit

Holly Bensur Contributor

The Obama for America campaign, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Ohio Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in late July to strike down part of an Ohio law concerning voting by members of the military, Breitbart.com reported on Thursday.

The law currently allows Ohio citizens to vote early in-person up until the Friday before the election, and gives members of the military three additional days to vote.

Democrats contest the law, saying that it is “arbitrary” and possesses “no discernible rational basis.”

The National Defense Committee says that the Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program has reported to the president and Congress that the primary “reason for military voter disenfranchisement is inadequate time to successfully vote,” for each of the last three years.

“We are concerned with the premise of the lawsuit,” Maggie Osrowki, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Secretary of State told The Daily Caller. The Obama for America campaign and the DNC “disagree with the additional flexibility” the law gives to military members.

“There are plenty of opportunities for Ohioans to participate in the election,” Osrowki said. Military members are “in a different situation than all the other voters.”

On the other hand, Democraticunderground.com says “it is extremely difficult or impossible for ordinary people to vote,” because most states require identification in order to vote.

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