In a statement issued by his campaign, Romney called the lawsuit "an outrage."
"The brave men and women of our military make tremendous sacrifices to protect and defend our freedoms, and we should do everything we can to protect our fundamental right to vote," the statement read.
In 2004, Ohio's Republican Governor Robert Taft, and Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell facilitated at least 100 different means of swinging the state's electoral votes to George W. Bush. At the time, Blackwell served as co-chair of the state committee to re-elect Bush.
Ohio's 20 electoral votes decided the election for Bush. Democrat John Kerry conceded immediately with more than 250,000 votes still uncounted. Bush's official margin of victory was roughly 118,000 votes. More than 90,000 regularly cast votes, as opposed to provisional, from that election were never actually tallied, many rejected by Diebold optiscan machines in Lucas County. An final recount became impossible when boards of elections in 56 counties throughout the state defied a federal court order and destroyed thousands of 2004 ballots before they could be double-checked (disclosure: the order came as a result of the King-Lincoln-Bronzeville suit in which we served as attorney and plaintiff).
Those in support of Ohio's right to early vote are planning two rallies tomorrow at the Ohio Secretary of State's office, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus, at 8am and 2pm.
*Free Press Senior Editor and "Superpower of Peace" columnist Harvey Wasserman is also senior advisor to Greenpeace USA and the Nuclear Information & Resource Service.
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