As Alito takes Supreme Court seat, Ohio GOP guts election protection
by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman
Ohio’s GOP-controlled legislature has passed a repressive new law that will gut free elections here and is already surfacing elsewhere around the US. The bill will continue the process of installing the GOP as America’s permanent ruling party.
Coming with the swearing in of right-wing extremist Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, it marks another dark day for what remains of American democracy.
Called HB3, the law now demands discriminatory voter ID, severely cripples the possibility of statewide recounts and actually ends the process of state-based challenges to federal elections—most importantly for president—held within the state.
In other words, the type of legal challenge mounted to the theft of Ohio’s electoral votes in the 2004 election will now be all but impossible in the future.