As Case Is Heard in Court, VoteVets.org Releases Over 22,000 Petition Signatures Opposing Restriction of Early Voting in Ohio

 ·  VoteVets.org, Press Release

COLUMBUS, OH - The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, is releasing over 22,000 petition signatures from veterans, military families, and civilian supporters, calling on Mitt Romney to end support for a law that restricts early voting for all voters, including the state's over 900,000 veterans.  The petition comes as arguments were heard in U.S. District Court in regards to a Republican-passed law that ends early voting the weekend before Election Day.

That petition can be read here: www.votevets.org/voteohio

"It is a disgrace that, with Mitt Romney's support, the General Assembly and Governor are trying to prevent 900,000 veterans from voting early. At the very least, the court should restore full voting rights for Ohioans," said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org. 

"This is about the democracy we swore to uphold as members of the military. We've already seen what a non-early-voting Ohio looks like. We saw it in 2004, when in many polling places had extremely long lines, and polling places were shut down before everyone in line had a chance to vote.Non-early voting, quite literally, resulted in the disenfranchisement of voters, including veterans.  That cannot be allowed to happen again," he added.

The law is being challenged in court by President Obama's campaign.  Mitt Romney, however, voiced support for the law, restricting early voting.  Early voting mostly benefits working Ohioans who have difficulty leaving work to vote on Election Day, or weekday early voting periods.  It also benefits seniors, who often cannot wait in long lines at polling places.  That means a military retiree, with over 20 years of service, and multiple deployments, will have more difficulty voting. 

In 2008, almost a third of Ohio voters used the early voting program, including veterans. 

Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 220,000 members, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home.  VoteVets.org also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives.   VoteVets.org is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America.  While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.

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