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Crack and the Ohio Vote

I got an email from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) last week:

Right now, a legal fight in Ohio threatens the right of servicemembers and veterans to cast their votes with absentee ballots. IAVA has filed a brief asking the Ohio Supreme Court  to protect the voting rights of all citizens, and we need your support.

As the law stands now, citizens must be registered to vote for 30 days before the election, which allows voters to register and submit an absentee ballot at the same time, as long as it happens 30 days before the election. A lawsuit brought against the Ohio Secretary of State is trying to prevent the two actions from happening at the same time. If the law is changed, thousands of veterans and active duty troops could be disenfranchised.

Not wanting to see any fellow veterans disenfranchised-after all, who else protects the right?-I looked a little bit into this, while trying to decide if it was something to sign on to or not.

The case is Project Vote v. Madison County (OH) Board of Elections, and the issue is whether the County Board of Elections’ decision to only provide absentee ballots to voters who have been registered more than 30 days before the date they request the absentee ballot violates various provisions of state and federal law. That’s the background.

From what I’ve been able to find, Project Vote is a progressive-leaning organization. The ACLU has signed on to this as well, and they’re liberal as hell. Being that the suit was brought against the Republican Seceretary of State (she’s named as a defendant), this started to reek of a stunt to pack more voters for Obama. Disclaimer: I will attest to the nonpartisianship of IAVA, until proven otherwise. I haven’t worked with them, but all indications are that they only want what’s best for us vets.

I’ve honestly been back and forth over whether or not to sign on the petition; weighing the partisan nature of the suit against how many veterans and servicemembers it would really affect (not sure how big of a veteran community there is in OH, though there’s a decent-sized AF base there).

Today, my scan of the blogs gave me this from the Toledo Blade (through This Ain’t Hell):

Mary Poppins. Jeffrey Dahmer. Janet Jackson. Chad Staton.


Defiance County elections officials were confident the first three hadn’t moved to their small community. But the fourth one lived there, and – in exchange for crack cocaine – tried to falsely submit the first three names and more than 100 others onto the county’s voter registration rolls, police said.


Now Mr. Staton, 22, of Defiance, faces a felony charge of false registration in a case that has quickly gained national attention as part of a hotly contested presidential battle that’s attracted a flurry of new voter registrations across the country – and a flurry of complaints of voter registration fraud.


Defiance County Sheriff David Westrick said that Mr. Staton was working on behalf of a Toledo woman, Georgianne Pitts, to register new voters. She, in turn, was working on behalf of the NAACP National Voter Fund, which was formed by the NAACP in 2000 to register new voters.


Sheriff Westrick said that Pitts, 41, of Toledo, admitted she gave Mr. Staton crack cocaine in lieu of cash for supplying her with completed voter registration forms. The sheriff declined to say how much crack cocaine Pitts supplied Mr. Staton, or to say whether Pitts knew that the forms Mr. Staton gave her were falsified.

Yes, you read that right. Trading crack for votes. Kinda Tyrone Biggums-ish.

Now, I’m not going to go so far as to directly blame the NAACP for this…but in terms of their partisanship, they’re so deep in the Obama tank that they can’t see their way out.

I have to wonder: have we really got to the point where we’re going to push drug use to help get our message across? And if so, what the hell does that make us as a nation?

And no, I didn’t sign the petition.




Written by Coby Dillard

October 1, 2008 at 12:29 pm

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