From Kat L.:
As we approach the 5th anniversary of Bush v Gore (December 12) and remember the day they stopped the counting of votes in Florida in 2000, I think it’s important to give advocates of honest elections in Ohio like Jonathan and Kyle our time and attention. For those of you outside of Ohio, keep them in your good thoughts or contact them if you can for an interview or to send them well wishes. For those of you in Ohio, take a stand beside them for fair public elections. December 12th is the day for all of us to renew our commitment in this struggle, and we do so by demanding that power in our democracy be shared and that not one more American is disenfranchised.
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Update on Hunger Strike, Prayer Vigil to Stop HB3
Contact: Jonathan Meier, (614)208-1593; Rev. John Edgar, (614)327-5468
COLUMBUS, Ohio – (December 9, 2005) – Despite the heavy snow storm and bitter temperatures, Jonathan Meier, a 23 year-old divinity student and Columbus resident, is continuing a prayer vigil and hunger strike at the Ohio Statehouse to signal his disgust and distrust with House Bill 3 – the vote reform bill proposed and supported by GOP lawmakers. Early this morning, Meier was joined by Kyle Poorman, a 25 year-old voter organizer from Columbus.
Meier says that the demonstration is his way of highlighting the injustice of House Bill 3.
“Most people don’t realize that this legislation, if passed by the senate next week, would make it virtually impossible for homeless folks to vote, would make it virtually impossible for groups to register large numbers of voters, would eliminate oversight of voting machines, and would cancel our right to challenge election results.”
Why prayer and a hunger strike? Meier says that his Christian faith calls him to “constantly pursue social justice and illuminate social ills, and, often, this call requires personal sacrifice.”
The Ohio Senate is expected to vote on House Bill 3 next week. Meier affirms that he will continue praying and fasting until that point.
“Who gains from this legislation?,” Meier asks. “Instead of addressing the long lines at the polls, instead of making it easier for people to register and to vote, Republican lawmakers put forward 424 pages of legislation that will set up roadblocks to our democracy. I, for one, do not trust a vote reform bill that is purely a partisan act.”