Romney Makes False Claims on Obama's Voting Privileges Suit
Politifact, a Pulitzer-prize winning, non-partisan watchdog project, has rated Mitt Romney’s distorting claim that the Obama campaign was suing the state of Ohio to limit military voting as “false.”
Politifact stated, “It is simply dishonest for Romney and his backers to claim that Obama’s effort to extend early voting privileges to everyone in Ohio constitutes an attack on military voters’ ability to cast ballots on the weekend before elections. We rate the claim False.”
John Boccieri of Alliance, Ohio, a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, said Republicans were distorting the facts.
"This is about restoring equal and fair access to early voting and in no way asks for restrictions to voting," Boccieri said. "Anything said otherwise is completely false. Period. And as a member of the American Legion and a lifetime member of the AMVETS, I find these claims outrageous."
Leading Ohio newspapers joined in to reveal Romney’s distortion on the issue.
The Columbus Dispatch reported, “The (Obama) lawsuit does not ask the judge to reduce early voting days for military personnel, which is required to stretch through the day before Election Day by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act. Rather, it reminds the court that all Ohio voters could cast early ballots in person up to Election Day until Republican state legislators in Ohio passed House Bill 194 last year.”
Read Politifact’s review of Romney’s false claims at: http://www.politifact.com/ohio/statements/2012/aug/06/mitt-romney/mitt-romney-says-lawsuit-filed-president-obamas-ca/