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A Chilling Look at Voter Suppression in Ohio

Tula Connell

A sobering analysis at dissects the four-pronged effort by the Ohio Republican Party to steal the 2012 presidential election.
Authors Bob Fitrakis and Bob Wasserman conclude that because Ohio is a pivotal state in deciding the winner,
if they get away with it, the Ohio GOP could make it virtually impossible for Barack Obama to carry Ohio this November.
The authors, who this year published, Will the GOP Steal America’s 2012 Election? cite the following moves by the Ohio Republicans.
Since 2009, the Ohio GOP has purged some 1.25 million citizens from the state’s voter rolls. This accounts for more than 20 percent of the roughly 5.2 million votes counted for president in the state in 2008. The purge focusses on counties that are predominantly urban and Democratic.
Electronic voting machines have been installed throughout the state which are owned, operated, programmed and maintained — and will be tallied—by Republican-connected firms, including Diebold (now Premier), ES&S and Triad.

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