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ACLU will file suit over Ohio voter photo ID law

Published: Wed, June 22, 2011 @ 10:16 a.m.

COLUMBUS — The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio announced today that it will file suit over provisions of Ohio House Bill 194 that require voters to produce state-issued photo identification in order to vote.

HB 194 is expected to pass out of the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee today, and pass the full Senate soon after. The photo ID provisions were amended into the bill Tuesday.

ACLU of Ohio Legal Director James L. Hardiman said, “The passage of House Bill 194 makes Ohio’s voter identification law the most restrictive in the nation. While proponents argue that the change is necessary in order to prevent voter fraud, there is simply no evidence that widespread fraud exists and that this would do anything to prevent it. State legislators will disenfranchise thousands of Ohioans to solve a problem that does not exist.”

The ACLU will begin a legal challenge on the photo identification requirements immediately after passage.


1redvert(2240 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

How dare the state want voters to prove that they are eligible to vote.

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2Wapiti(139 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

The ACLU would rather the illegals vote in Ohio.

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3Silence_Dogood(1677 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

This bill is racist, it's very reason is to exclude the illegal immigrants from voting. How dare we as a state try and exclude those that don't belong here and break our laws on a daily basis. To make amends maybe we should be forced to give them free food stamps,free aid to dependent children, free two years of unemployment money,free welfare money, free housing, a reduction on their heating costs, free collage assistance, clothing assistance, free transportation to and from all doctor meetings, etc. etc..If we did the above things maybe we could make Bob Hagen feel good about America and Ohio again, after all that should be everyones mission in life.

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4Attis(1134 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Orchids to the ACLU and Onions to those who insist upon suppressing the popular vote even further and making our anemic democracy worse. We already have about the lowest voter turnout in the modern world. In fact, about one-half of the population eligible to vote is not even registered to do so. That means no elected official in Ohio has anywhere near the majority of the declared support of their constituents. Instead of voter IDs, there should be instant registration (on election day) and voting on Sundays instead of Tuesdays. And not voting while a citizen should be stigmatized as much as driving while not sober.

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5nhaas(4 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

They should make the aACLU (Anti-American Civil Liberties Union) pay for these frivolousness law suites. You should need to prove who you are.

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6Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

The ACLU does not make or change the law they only sue to be sure the law is up held . You may not like the law or how it is interpreted by the court . But it is not the ACLU making the law or interpreting it . They only sue to up hold the Constitution (the law of the land) which is for all of us , Not just who you think it is for .

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7redvert(2240 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Attis, your post just brings a tear to my eye. We are suppressing the vote by denying the vote to those that are not qualified to vote. And to read the justification for your belief. I kept waiting for the punchline.

Are you a complete idiot? Of course you nailed it with your wish that those that vote illegally be chastised. Maybe we could stand outside the voting booth and point fingers at them and say BAD! BAD!

I imagine that the ACLU toasts idiots like you on a regular basis!!!

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Just to be on the safe side you should submit a DNA sample when getting your photo ID card . You never know when those sneaky Republicans may want to inflate their voting power . . ..

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

dodge2002 :

You wont be able to extract DNA from the Democrats or take their pictures unless you tell them that it's for their own good .

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