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OSU's Prof Tokaji: Ohio's New Disenfranchisement Bill
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In 2004, Ohio became infamous for making it difficult to vote and have ones vote counted. Much of the criticism was directed at then-Secretary of State Ken Blackwell. Remember his directive to reject registration forms on less than 80-pound paper weight?

Now, Ohio House Republicans are attempting to go further than Blackwell ever dared. In an obvious attempt to gain an advantage in the 2012 presidential election, they are attempting to rush through a bill (HB 159) that would make it more difficult for eligible citizens to have their votes counted. Ohio already has a tough voter ID law, but the proposed bill would make the burden on eligible citizens more onerous, requiring that in-person voters present one of four specified forms of government-issued photo identification.

Disenfranchisement isnt a word to be used lightly. But it is necessary to capture this bills purpose and impact. Passage of this bill would restore our states unfortunate reputation as the nations capital of vote suppression. Yet so far, it has gone completely under the radar. This comment provides background on the problem, debunks the arguments in favor of the bill, and anticipates the lawsuits that can be expected to follow if it passes.

The Problem

Whats so bad about voter ID? The basic problem is that many eligible citizens dont have the types of ID that the bill would require. While its hard to say exactly how many will be discouraged from voting, we do know that some segments of the population will be especially hard hit particularly young, elderly, disabled, and minority voters. These groups are much less likely to have the types of ID that Ohios new bill would mandate.


This line sums it up: "the bills real purpose is to keep eligible Ohioans from voting"
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