Obama and the military vote

August 25, 2012

In a move that could have an impact on the result of the presidential election, President Obama's campaign has sued the state of Ohio to block a measure extending early voting for members of the military.

The tradition of allowing special circumstances for military voters dates back to the Civil War. Republicans traditionally have had a lock on the military vote, and that will be especially crucial this year in the battleground state of Ohio.

A victory for either candidate there could mean the difference between winning or losing the White House.

Ohio is one of 32 states that allow voters to cast an early ballot by mail or in person without an excuse. In addition, state law allows members of military families and civilians overseas to vote early through the Monday before the election, while early voting for all other Ohioans ends the preceding Friday. The Nov. 6 election falls on a Tuesday.

The Obama lawsuit is a disgrace and disservice to the military and their families. It would seem that Obama will stop at nothing short to get a second term that he has not earned and does not deserve.

Al Eisner, Silver Spring

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