Obama Campaign Sues Ohio over Early Voting for Military: Fears Military Doesn’t Support Commander In Chief

Obama campaign sues Ohio over early voting law for military

(Fox News) In a move that puts new meaning to the term battleground, President Obama’s  re-election campaign and members of some military groups are on a collision  course over voting rights in the critical state of Ohio.

The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee have filed a lawsuit  to block a new state law allowing men and women in uniform to vote up until the  Monday right before an election, while the cutoff on early voting for the rest  of the public is three days earlier.

Top Obama campaign officials told Fox News in interviews that the lawsuit in  no way tries to restrict the voting rights of military members. All they are  trying to do is even the playing field for all voters in Ohio by allowing early  voting up until Monday for everyone, including members of the military, because  they believe a two-tiered, early-voting process is unfair.

“Along with the DNC and Ohio Democratic Party, this campaign filed a lawsuit  to reinstate equal, early-voting rights for all Ohioans — rights the  Republican-controlled legislature arbitrarily stripped away this past year,” Jim  Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, told supporters in an email.

However, the National Guard Association and other military groups have fired  back, saying it’s “offensive” for Democrats to suggest in the lawsuit it’s  arbitrary for service members to get special consideration.

Men and women in uniform typically get more time than other voters to send in  absentee ballots since they may be serving in an overseas or domestic location  that is not close to their home polling station.

“I’m just outraged by this,” Mike DeWine, the Republican state attorney  general in Ohio, told Fox News. “I can’t believe the Obama campaign and the  state Democratic Party are actually saying there’s no rational basis for a  distinction between someone who is in the military voting and someone who is not  in the military.”

The stakes in this legal battle are huge because Obama is anxious to keep  Ohio’s 18 electoral votes in the Democratic column this November. He has already  visited the state nine times this year alone.

Since no Republican has won the White House without carrying the Buckeye  State, former GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is fighting just as hard  and on Friday lashed out at the Democrats’ lawsuit.

“President Obama’s lawsuit claiming it is unconstitutional for Ohio to allow  servicemen and women extended early voting privileges during the state’s early  voting period is an outrage,” he said Saturday. “I stand with the 15 military  groups that are defending the rights of military voters, and if I’m entrusted to  be the commander-in-chief, I’ll work to protect the voting rights of our  military, not undermine them.”

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