If you live in Butler or Warren counties in the Republican-leaning suburbs of Cincinnati, you can vote for president beginning in October by going to a polling place in the evening or on weekends. Republican officials in those counties want to make it convenient for their residents to vote early and avoid long lines on Election Day.
But, if you live in Cincinnati, you’re out of luck. Republicans on the county election board are planning to end early voting in the city promptly at 5 p.m., and ban it completely on weekends, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. The convenience, in other words, will not be extended to the city’s working people.
The sleazy politics behind the disparity is obvious. Hamilton County, which contains Cincinnati, is largely Democratic and voted solidly for Barack Obama in 2008. So did the other urban areas of Cleveland, Columbus and Akron, where Republicans, with the assistance of the Ohio secretary of state, Jon Husted, have already eliminated the extended hours for early voting.
This is a party out of ideas — Atlas Shrugged, cut taxes for the richest, raise them for the middle class — with both history and demography, not to mention summer polls, running against them. Their only way out is Scott Brown-style “Crazy Khazei” personal smears and voter suppression, and perhaps outright fraud. It is sad to see the Party of Lincoln hijacked and torn to pieces by mouthpieces for millionaires.