Ohio Republicans Poll Taxing the Poor

The NY Times leads off with more disgusting news about Republicans in general and Ohio Republicans in particular.

If you live in Butler or Warren counties in the Republican-leaning suburbs of Cincinnati, you can vote for president beginning in October by going to a polling place in the evening or on weekends. Republican officials in those counties want to make it convenient for their residents to vote early and avoid long lines on Election Day.

But, if you live in Cincinnati, you’re out of luck. Republicans on the county election board are planning to end early voting in the city promptly at 5 p.m., and ban it completely on weekendsaccording to The Cincinnati Enquirer. The convenience, in other words, will not be extended to the city’s working people.

 How can this not be a major civil-rights and voting-rights issue?  How can Justice not step in with a cease-and-desist order?

If poll-taxes are illegal, requiring certain people to pay money in order to exercise their right to vote, how can it not be a poll-tax when they have to pay in time?  Equal opportunity, not equal outcomes is what Ryan and Romney like to say.  Here is a prime example of their party stripping certain classes of people of equal opportunity — to vote!

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