Eric Scheiner, CNS News, April 1, 2014
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) says the recent changes in voting in Ohio are “racist.”
“I believe, personally, that a lot of this really is racist. I believe that. They cannot make me believe that they do not understand how important the right to vote is to me and people like me,” Fudge told WKYC-TV last week.
“Ohio has become the butt of jokes–even in Washington. Because our governor and our legislature are doing everything they can to prevent certain constituencies from voting. Poor people, minorities, the elderly, the disabled–and they are doing it knowingly,” Fudge said.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that early voting hours across the state during Ohio’s four-week early-voting period, will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays. Voters will also be able to cast an absentee ballot in person during the last two Saturdays before the election between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. No Sundays are offered.
In a press release Husted says the adoption of the new times comes from a bipartisan proposal from elections officials.
Two new laws that make changes in regards to the mailing of absentee ballots and cutting six days from Ohio’s early, in-person voting period were signed by Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio) last month. They are to take effect for the November election.