No, the Obama campaign is not trying to suppress military voters. Yes, the Republicans are lying about this. Please tell your friends that this is not true, as these kinds of lies have a propensity to not die:
Actually, the Obama campaign’s lawsuit, filed by the campaign in mid-July, explicitly asks a federal court to restore in-person early voting rights to all eligible Ohio voters on the three days preceding Election Day.
The suit does not seek to prevent members of the military from voting in person during that period, rather it seeks to force Ohio to give other voters (including, for instance, cops and firefighters) the same opportunity to vote.
There was no good reason, other than raw politics, for Ohio Republicans to end early voting starting on Friday before the election for most voters. They know full well that voting after church has become a big tradition for black and Latino voters, and that’s exactly what they were trying to snuff out with this play.
By the way, why doesn’t PA have early voting yet? Why haven’t Democrats made any effort to enact an early voting law to let people vote anytime during the week before the election? You’d think they’d have mobilized around this issue by now, since PA is a turnout battle state, and Dems in statewide races rely on high turnout in Philly and Pittsburgh. Can we get this on the agenda for the 2013-2014 session?