In one of the toughest election seasons in American history, President Obama has perhaps just played the dirtiest card yet. The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee have now essentially declared that allowing extra time for military absentee voting “unfair,” even going so far as to utter the big “U” word: “unconstitutional.”
The absentee voting process in the state of Ohio mandates that voters turn in their absentee ballots by the Friday preceding the Tuesday election. Ohio’s current policy allows military and overseas citizens until Monday to get their ballots recorded, leaving them a three-day leeway period.
But according to President Obama, those three days allow an unfair advantage over the rest of the Ohio voting population. Now that he has the economy under control (intended sarcasm) he has time to file a suit against Ohio for its irrational, unjustifiable, and arbitrary voting policy.
What our constitutional professor president seems to misunderstand is the intent behind the provision. The three extra days granted to deployed troops were written in as an effort to give all Ohioans the equal opportunity to vote. It isn’t intended to give one group of people an unfair voting advantage, only more time to do so because of long distance obstacles.
The same party that stood by and did nothing while members of the New Black Panthers intimidated voters near downtown Philadelphia on Election Day in 2008 is now filing suit against 15 military groups to level the enfranchisement playing field, which is essentially how Obama senior advisor David Axelrod couched it.
But President Obama and the DNC are not the altruistic champions of suffrage they feign to be.
Ohio has 18 electoral votes and is a major swing state and as history shows, whoever wins Ohio may very well win the election. How does one better secure a re-election vote? If he can’t win the votes, he’ll be sure to diminish the opposing side’s chances to cast their ballots. The military vote (specifically among veterans) is expected to support for Gov. Mitt Romney by a 58 percent margin, according to a May Gallup poll, and military veterans have historically voted more Republican than Democratic.
We know about the ACORN voting fraud, the ties Obama has with that organization, and the recent controversy over the voter ID laws. What we may not have known was that he would stoop so low as to seek disenfranchisement of the very men and women who fought and died to give us the right to debate these very issues – and then vote on them.
Allowing our military 72 more hours to mail in their ballot gives them the chance to get their ballot shipped in from overseas. It does not give them more “rights” than civilian Ohio voters. What we see is a desperate presidential campaign eager to scrape up – by any means necessary – enough votes for victory on Nov. 6. He has apparently failed to see how legally attacking the very people who, by oath, swore to protect him was in fact an excellent way to do the exact opposite.