Ohio Voting Issues

Interesting developments and analysis arising from the Obama campaign’s efforts to extend polling hours in certain precincts can be found here.  The motion is here and the court’s order, complete with handwritten amendments, is here.  The analysis continues:

Unfortunately, it is a fairly common campaign tactic to try to find a sympathetic judge to keep the polls open a little while longer, in the hope that campaign workers can increase voter turnout favorable to the candidate and thereby perhaps make a difference in the outcome if the race is close. But it is a mischievous tactic, because it attempts to change the rules at the end of the game, in order to give one side an extra advantage because of the last-minute rule change. It is especially mischievous when judges go along with this tactic even though they have no valid legal basis for doing so.

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