The Oberlin Review

Voting by Mail Removes Barriers to Polls

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Writer

December 2, 2016

November’s election gave Republicans control of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives for the first time since 2007. On the state level, Republican governors and legislators across the country have enacted voting restrictions, such as strict voter ID laws and restricting early voting. Now, President-elect Donald Trump’s administration will have the opportunity to make that platform national. Any action, legislative or otherwise, that seeks to disenfranchise voters must be met by vigorous resistance. In the coming years, it will be especially important to be aware of attempts to discourage democratic participation on a national level, particularly as important legislation like the Voting Rights Ac...

News Brief: Early Voting Begins

News Brief: Early Voting Begins

October 10, 2014

An Ohio resident checks in before voting early at the Lorain County Board of Elections. Early voting began this Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an Ohio bill which shortened the early voting period in the state from 35 to 28 days. Shortening the early voting period eliminated “Golden Week,” the period of time when people can both register to vote and cast their ballots. “Early voting is about more than just convenience. Golden Week is the only time in Ohio in which voters ...

Voting Measures Further Disenfranchise Minorities

Editorial Board

October 10, 2014

In a three-sentence order handed down last Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court further disenfranchised Ohio’s minority voters by upholding sweeping new limitations on the state’s early voting period. The order, a temporary stay granted by the Court’s conservative majority which suspends two lower court rulings, upheld Republican-backed voting restrictions signed into law by Governor John Kasich in February. The law specifically eliminated the early in-person voting period known as “Golden Week,” during which Ohio residents could register to vote and cast early ballots on the same day. These restrictions coincide with further measures enacted by Secretary of State Jon Husted just days later, which slashed Sundays...

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