I wrote about a conference call we had here in Ohio on voting rights the other night, and we had some good news on that front today:
Just two weeks after enacting sweeping reforms in Ohio’s elections system, lawmakers were already back Wednesday rethinking some of what they had done.Perhaps the most significant development was what did not happen — enactment of a requirement that voters show a government-issued photo identification card before casting a ballot. The Ohio Senate went home for the summer without touching that controversial issue.
Secretary of State Jon Husted had spoken out against the attempt by fellow Republicans to add the photo ID requirement.
“Today should be viewed as a victory for what didn’t happen,” Mr. Husted said Wednesday. “The Senate did not enact a draconian photo identification law, and I thank them for hearing my concerns.’
A local board of elections member told me today Republicans were “shamed” into dropping the draconian provisions, but I don’t believe that.
I think voter advocates did a great job testifying at hearing, and media gave the issue some coverage (only) because the GOP Secretary of State came out against it. Too, our Governor Kasich (who was once a media personality at Murdoch-owned Fox News) is very unpopular. Republicans in the legislature who would like to stay in the legislature may be reconsidering their lemming-like support of his far Right agenda.
I noticed the zany but lovable gang on Morning Joe are doing their best to pump up Kasich’s numbers, though, just as his former co-workers at Fox News did when he was running for governor. That’s worrying. I don’t know that I’m up for another Kasich sales job, so soon after the last one.
We here in Ohio were way better off when our governor didn’t merit the attention of the national media celebrities, back when our governor was a Democrat.