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Thu Jan 11, 2018, 01:15 PM

 

Purged from voting rolls while deployed, Ohio vet demands answers

Purged from voting rolls while deployed, Ohio vet demands answers
By Derek Hawkins January 11 at 5:02 AM WP

Every year, Ohio officials scrub an untold number of names from state voter rolls under an aggressive and, some argue, unconstitutional policy that purges people who fail to vote in consecutive elections.

Joe Helle, the Democratic mayor of Oak Harbor, a small village near Lake Erie, says he was once among the disenfranchised. On Wednesday, in a dramatic exchange at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, he confronted the man he says was ultimately responsible for twice barring him from casting ballots.

The moment was more than six years in the making. In 2011, Helle, an Army veteran, returned home from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and tried to vote in a local election, only to be told that poll workers couldn’t find his name. A couple of months later, in the general election, he was blocked again. This time, board of elections officials revealed he had been removed from the state’s roll due to “inactivity.”

“I started crying,” Helle told The Washington Post. “To come home after defending that fundamental right and to be told that I couldn’t exercise it, that was heartbreaking.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/01/11/an-army-vet-was-purged-from-ohios-voter-rolls-now-a-mayor-he-confronted-the-official-in-charge/?tid=sm_fb&utm_term=.ad30bf3788b4

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Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 01:19 PM

1. Voting is a fundamental right and to

protect that right, Ohio needs to become a Right-To-Vote state.

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Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 01:43 PM

2. We need to become a right to vote *country*

Voting should be a constitutional right, protected by federal law.

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Response to More_Cowbell (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 03:57 PM

3. Election day should be a national holiday too

 

So working people would have a chance to vote without stealing bread out of the mouths of their kids.

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