I’m going to a big voter protection meeting/training in Ohio here shortly. I won’t be writing in detail about it, but I did want to mention it because I know a lot of you who live in “blue” states suffer a lot of anxiety over Ohio voting, because you’re possibly dependent on our outcome here yet can’t vote here and have very little control over what happens here. This planning has been going on since March, but it will (of course) intensify as we get closer to election day.
So just know that voter suppression is being addressed and if you’re donating to the Obama campaign or the state Democratic Party this is part of what you’re funding, so thanks for that.
I don’t think you should HAVE to fund it, but Republicans are bound and determined to suppress voting, so, sadly, in addition to paying these election officials and state governor salaries, you also have to pay for an election protection defense. As we’ve seen in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004 and will be seeing in Pennsylvania, Republicans cannot run elections properly. It’ll be chaos, but we’ll all just have to deal.
Preparation and planning work a lot better than worrying. We saw it in ’08 and we’ll see it again in ’12.