Excerpts:I'll bet some - not all - of you Republicans are reading this with glee, much in the same way some laughed at Obama's community service during your convention. I find it tiring. I find you tiring. There is no honor in conning the American voter - some elderly, some frail, some who fought and almost died for the right. It is wrong, and you know it. It's disgusting, and you know it. John McCain should know it.
"About one-third of the absentee ballot applications received at the Hamilton County Board of elections have been ruled invalid because Republican Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign printed a version of the form with an extra, unneeded box
on it. "
"In a narrow interpretation of Ohio law, Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner says any of the McCain forms have not been completed properly. If the box stating the person is an eligible elector -- or qualified voter – is not checked, Brunner said, the application is no good. Even though the box is unneeded, by not checking it voters are essentially admitting they’re not eligible, Brunner said."
“I have not seen a ruling that indirectly impacts voters to the enormity of this since I’ve been here,’’ Hamilton County Board of Elections Deputy Director John Williams said of his nearly five-year tenure at the board. More than 750 absentee ballot requests in Hamilton County have been invalidated because of Brunner’s ruling, Williams said."
"That means county Boards of Election must contact tens of thousands of voters and ask them to fill out a new, valid form in time to vote for the Nov. 4 election. The McCain campaign says it mailed out about 1 million of the faulty forms." (They were sent to Obama supporters in Ohio and Florida, according to many
(To read the whole story, visit: http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20080911/NEWS0108/309110032/)
If you argue that parties have done things like this since the nation was formed it is no excuse. We live in a more open - interconnected - society now where things like this should no longer happen. The system needs to weed out these bad influences. Unfortunately they might have stayed within the law - it was probably more despicable than illegal. We can only hope they find some way to fine or jail them - oh yes, I forgot, corrupt Republicans never seem to go to jail.
I know some of you live by the creed that "winner takes all" and "lies gain power," but you should also know that those who live by the sword often die by it. One day you will most likely meet a dirty end. Good luck with it. If you know anybody in Ohio who might be a victim of McCain's dirty politics, please contact them and try to help - please encourage them to do whatever it takes to correct their right to vote.
Monday's Political Call to Action #1 - Michael