Just got this from my good friends at MoveOn.org
Dear MoveOn member,
Whichever polls you're reading, one thing is crystal clear: the race between President Obama and Mitt Romney could not be any closer.
While the national polls have fluctuated, the electoral college math indicates that the race will likely come down to the small set of swing states that the New York Times' Nate Silver refers to as "Obama's firewall." And none of these states will likely be more decisive than Ohio, where President Obama currently has a narrow lead, and which no Republican has ever won the White House without.
But there's something insidious happening out of the spotlight in Ohio right now, and it could literally cost President Obama the election.
Here's what we know so far:
- Anonymous groups have launched a voter-intimidation billboard campaign to scare people across Columbus and Cleveland—two Democratic strongholds—out of voting. Our media team tells us it's a "saturation-level" advertising campaign that goes both deep and wide, promising prison time and a $10,000 fine for "voter fraud." 1
- Ohio's Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted tried to eliminate all weekend and evening early voting hours—and even tried taking his fight to suppress the vote all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.2
- Tea Party groups have already tried to purge over 2,100 voters from the rolls in Ohio, including students who didn't list their dorm room numbers on their registration forms—an oversight that does NOT invalidate their registrations.3
Add it all up, and it's a recipe for confused voters and chaos at the polls across the state on Election Day. That's why we've come up with an emergency All Hands On Deck 96-hour effort to make sure progressive Ohio voters know the best way to fight back against these voter suppressors is to cast an early vote in the four-day stretch before Election Day.
To reverse the effects GOP voter suppression in Ohio, we're ready to launch this plan right now:
- Digital billboards across the greater Columbus and Cleveland areas telling voters: Don't be intimidated by Republican fear tactics. Vote.
- Targeted radio ads in the final 96 hours informing voters about their right to vote early, and how.
- A massive Facebook and Google campaign to make sure that every Ohioan who goes online the weekend before the election sees a reminder with instructions of where and when they can cast an early vote.
Let's make sure there's not a replay of John Kerry's defeat in Ohio in 2004.
Thanks for all you do.
–Garlin, Ilya, Wes, Lenore, and the rest of the team
1. "'Voter Fraud' Billboards In Ohio Meant To Intimidate, Advocates Say," The Huffington Post, October 12, 2012.
2. "Ohio Early Voting Ruling Appealed By John Husted, Deepening Confusion Over Election Laws," The Huffington Post, October 11, 2012.
3. "Tea party groups work to remove names from Ohio voter rolls," Los Angeles Times, September 26, 2012.Want to support our work? MoveOn Civic Action is entirely funded by our 7 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.
If voter fraud has criminal penalties, the only people "scared" by those billboards ought to be Demonrat professional voters.
If people can't get to the polls during normal voting hours, that's why absentee ballots were invented. Use them.
Students in dorm rooms are likely NOT Ohio citizens, and if they are in college, they damn well can learn how to follow instructions on a voter registration forms.
All it all up and possibly you get an honest election in Ohio.
As usual, they use footnotes referring back to themselves, and avoid any mention of Demonrat tactics involving graveyards, free wine and cigarettes to skid row derelicts, Black Panther "poll watchers", etc. etc. etc...