The Obama campaign’s response to yesterday’s directive from Secretary Husted:
Plaintiffs file this Motion to bring to the Court’s attention a Directive issued yesterday by Defendant Husted in disregard of this Court’s Order of August 31, 2012, and to seek full enforcement of that Order.
In its August 31, 2012 decision, this Court ordered “that in-person early voting IS
RESTORED on the three days immediately preceding Election Day for all eligible Ohio voters”, specifically listing Saturday, November 3, 2012, Sunday, November 4, 2012, and Monday, November 5, 2012 as days that are to be restored. The Court further anticipated that Defendant Husted would direct all Ohio elections boards to maintain a “specific, consistent schedule on those three days.”
Notwithstanding the Court’s injunction, on September 4, 2012, Defendant Husted issued a directive that provides that no hours will be established until after a decision on the Defendants’ appeal of the Court’s order, because “the constitutionality of the statute setting inperson absentee voting hours is still subject to court review and it would [ ] confuse voters to set hours now that the court may change later.” The directive further “strictly prohibits county boards of elections from determining hours for the Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday before the election.” Having sought no stay, either in this Court or the Court of Appeals, the State appears to believe it can issue one on its own authority.
It goes on from there (pdf)
Remember: this is all about denying Ohio voters three days of in-person early voting the final weekend before the election. This is how far they’ll go to deny voters those three days. Ohio voters HAD the three days for a couple of years, but Republicans took away the last long weekend of early voting before the election in 2011.