From the Columbus Dispatch
I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine,” said Doug Preisse, chairman of the county Republican Party and elections board member who voted against weekend hours, in an email to The Dispatch. “Let’s be fair and reasonable.”
He called claims of unfairness by Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern and others “bullshit. Quote me!”
Find a way. Register. Call in sick. Get help if you need it. Find the time. VOTE! Don't let them steal your rights.
~ comment by ExFed on Huffington Post
The entire Republican party represents a clear-and-present danger to democracy in the United States.
~ comment by UncleBunny on Huffington Post
The republican party is a dinosaur one step from the tar pits.
~ comment by DW Skinner on Huffington Post
Jim Crow never died.
~ comment by Isra El-Beshir on Huffington Post
People out there do not let voter suppression stop you. Get your grandma the proper ID. Help your neighbor get to the polls. Do what ever it takes. find a way to vote. All we have is the vote. Please we gotta get rid of these turkeys. This is a fascist power play.
~ comment by cupcakesghost on Huffington Post
How are these Repubs going to say it isn't about racism now???
~ comment by Donut Man on Huffington Post
No! We should accommodate ALL voters. This is America. Boys and girls have died for the freedom to vote. We fought a Cold War against one-party rule. I wish I could hear ONE just ONE Republican speak out against this, rather than be content that this is all within the rules while violating EVERYTHING about the spirit of what it means to be American.
~ comment by Rich on Think Progress
Voter suppression attempted and otherwise, is going to have the opposite effect intended. The American people are a lot stronger than politicians living in their ivory towers.
~ comment by Harold on Think Progress
For those who label the "wide-awakes" recognizing that the 2004 Ohio vote was stolen by Republicans (and with it the presidency) as "conspiracy theorists," please take a look at the overt Republican vote suppression efforts in Ohio and reconsider.
Republicans are making America a banana republic.
~ comment by Jack on Think Progress
He should be arrested - his actions are treasonous and borderline terrorist.
~ comment by Mary on Think Progress
Where are the lawyers?
~ comment by Curtis Daddy Love on Think Progress
That article exposes voter ID laws for the lie they are. Preisse thinks if you can't make time to vote, you don't deserve to vote. Damn.— The Cybernegress (@BabylonSista) August 19, 2012
Ohio GOP Election Board Member: Our Voting Process Shouldn't Accommodate Black Voters | ThinkProgress thinkprogress.org/election/2012/…— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) August 19, 2012
Horrifying .. Ohio GOP election board member: Our voting process shouldn’t accommodate black votersbit.ly/TNEDOh— TheRittenbergReport (@TheRReport) August 19, 2012
Polls show Obama with a 4 point lead in Ohio (18 electoral votes). That's why GOP trying to block the black vote there. realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/pr…— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 15, 2012
Ohio Republican admits he doesn't want African-Americans to vote! Shows "urban" to be race code word. dispatch.com/content/storie…— Toni Goodman (@ToniGoodman) August 19, 2012
UPDATE ~ Interview with BuzzFeed
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Franklin County GOP Chairman Doug Preisse, a close ally of Governor John Kasich, said his comment — which provoked Democratic outrage — was simply straight talk.
Democrats "are trying to say that I had somehow consciously constrained hours for that purpose," Preisse said. "No, I am saying the opposite, that I am asking the question, and I am indeed questioning how far this process of democratic, small ‘d’, democratic voting process should be contorted to favor a political operation. I don’t think we should go overboard in doing that."
. . . Preisse scoffed at the criticism, telling BuzzFeed of a disputed voting plan put forth by Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, "I believe it should be easy to vote, and I believe that under this plan it is.
"I believe that Republicans and Democrats of good will can have a difference of opinion, an honest difference of opinion here, but I also believe that there is no question that the forces of Obama and the other side of the aisle would love to just throw the barn doors open and have 24-hour voting and just go too far in the other direction," Preisse said. "It seems to me we can have a reasonable discussion about this."
Of Democrats' early voting efforts, he said, "How far should the taxpayers be asked to go to accommodate that political operation? That’s where we’re having a difference of opinion."