"Obama Campaign Opens Can of Worms with Ohio Early Voting Lawsuit"

National Journal reports that military groups, fearing loss of privileges, line up with Romney against the Democrats.

When the Obama campaign filed suit to restore three days of early voting in Ohio the weekend before the election, it was supposed to be about increasing access for the thousands of Ohioans expected to take advantage of those final 72 hours to cast their ballots.

But the campaign has inadvertently stepped into a minefield, aggravating a group that no commander-in-chief wants to upset — military voters, who fear they could lose access to other special accommodations if Obama and the Democrats prevail.


... Opponents of the lawsuit said the issue wasn’t about Ohio or electoral votes or voter suppression, but that they were concerned the Obama campaign’s argument, if upheld, would set a legal precedent that would make it more difficult to make special accommodations for military service members in other states and other arenas.

“It’s not necessarily a problem with trying to expand voting rights to other citizens of Ohio. The real concern is that in order to expand those rights, they’re making arguments that are detrimental to military voters,” said Eric Eversole, executive director of the Military Voter Protection Project. “The equal-protection argument fails to recognize the obstacles that service members face even when they attempt to vote.”

Eversole said he fears what kind of repercussions such an argument would have. In particular, he mentioned residency requirements for voting, which are different in some places for active-duty military, and hiring preferences for service members returning to the workforce.


 
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