Obama, DNC Suing Ohio Over Military Early Voting Law

Elisabeth Meinecke

8/4/2012 7:11:00 PM - Elisabeth Meinecke

The Obama administration and the DNC have filed a lawsuit in Ohio, frustrated with a new procedure in the state to allow only military to vote up until the Monday before election day. Fox News reports:

Top Obama campaign officials told Fox News in interviews that the lawsuit in no way tries to restrict the voting rights of military members. All they are trying to do is even the playing field for all voters in Ohio by allowing early voting up until Monday for everyone, including members of the military, because they believe a two-tiered, early-voting process is unfair.

"Along with the DNC and Ohio Democratic Party, this campaign filed a lawsuit to reinstate equal, early-voting rights for all Ohioans -- rights the Republican-controlled legislature arbitrarily stripped away this past year," Jim Messina, Obama's campaign manager, told supporters in an email.

Out of all the battles to choose,this seems an awkward PR one. It seems awkward on a practical level, too, as expressed by the GOP camp (again from Fox News):

"I'm just outraged by this," Mike DeWine, the Republican state attorney general in Ohio, told Fox News. "I can't believe the Obama campaign and the state Democratic Party are actually saying there's no rational basis for a distinction between someone who is in the military voting and someone who is not in the military."

The difference in how much closer military can vote relative to the election than the general Ohio public? Three days, says Fox News.