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10:39 am on Saturday, January 12, 2013
I heartily disagree with Mr. Kanter's characterization of this move to include the city's youth into policy planning in a meaningful way.
This youth commission concept can only prove highly beneficial to the city's future, and on multiple levels, ranging from dispelling stereotypes/nurturing pathways to open communication among all involved, and getting fuller understanding around youth crime in order to better work together to curb it, to encouraging more youths' parents to also get similarly involved.
I say congratulations on this really excellent move, with hopes that lots of kids want to become involved, thus also learning about community building and the need to give back to community; and with hopes that even for those not selected for the commission, they are invited to and reminded of commission meetings, so their involvement and idea/need-sharing are also welcomed and encouraged.
This can be a fabulous introduction to "democracy's" rights and responsibilities - at it's most foundational and ideal level.
10:20 am on Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Thanks for helping notify voters of these changes! For everyone planning to vote in person on Election Day, a very wise move would be to, prior to Nov. 6, follow your link above to the Cuyahoga Board of Elections website, to determine where they are to go - just to eliminate having to travel from one place to another on that Tuesday.
8:47 pm on Sunday, September 9, 2012
It’s been reported that GOP operatives have calculated that to win Romney needs 61% of the white vote. So it’s no surprise that they and their uber-funded PACS want to amplify the already unresolved and unsupported fears of many - as racism is certainly not dead but often just seethes under the surface - thus they plant as many unsupported generalized aspersions at minorities and the poor as possible.
I’m deeply saddened that so many here, no matter how one chooses to vote based on the actual thought about actual issues and the future of this country, have stopped checking out broad reality outside their own echo chambers, have stopped thinking, have not risen above the toxic rot and hate, and have instead have bought into believing that it’s OK for themselves to also sling whatever lies and toxic hate about others they want. This is not only devastating to the quality of the majority vote, moreso it's devastating to the promise of more peaceful transformation of humanity into the best we can be together, not the worst - driven only by knee jerk reptilian fears.
8:37 pm on Sunday, September 9, 2012
That’s what’s at the core of this suit and Judge Economus’s Constitutionally promised equal protection decision.
The banning of all other previously available weekend voting options for this election, came from Husted himself, through his “tie-breaking” decree, under the guise of “uniformity,” but with a method that was self-contradictory. He continued marching to his party’s orders - and also there used lots of our tax money - to create and sell a host of unjustifiable cover stories, to try to further his own political aspirations.
No matter how one cuts it, that devised inequality and takings away, all together is called voter suppression.
8:30 pm on Sunday, September 9, 2012
A citizens’ referendum was started shortly after Kasich signed 194, which garnered over 330,000 verified signatures in a short time to qualify the referendum for a citizens’ vote on the November ballot.
However, fearing the referendum’s freezing the ban on those last 3 days of voting and its effect for this election, the GOP-dominated legislature also then proceeded to, right after the referendum effort started, jam through HB224, which they said was only for military voters. But right before the vote, they word-twisted to sneak back in the 3-day ban (except for active military) into that long bill.
Then still afraid that too many people from all parties would actually see them blatantly taking away voters rights if HB194 actually got on the ballot, they then with SB295 said they were totally repealing HB194 before it went to a vote of the people (to many, still an unprecedented and highly legally questionable act.) So they jammed SB295 through too, and only days before their rushed vote, did many lawyers after combing through all recently rushed bills notice their sleight of hand, and sneaky misrepresentations, and the unequal franchise they’d created in HB224 - not taking the repeal back to pre-HB194 status.
8:27 pm on Sunday, September 9, 2012
So even should the Constitution prevail in this case after Husted spends thousands more of your dollars trying to keep the GOP-desired discriminatory, unequal voting field to better assure a win (albeit cheated) you and your dog can rest assured that it won’t be those “lazy people” who will somehow be stealing his dog food from your cupboards. In any case, the only waster of your tax revenue, and waster of democracy, will be Husted.
Or to the person who said he actually checked out HB224, and SB295 and could find nothing in there about these three days of early in person voting, (previously largely used by African-Americans for many good cultural and necessity reasons,) which the Republican dominated legislature was determined to yank from existence between their March primary and this presidential election. You forgot to look at the beginning, HB194, and then follow the facts. HB194 was the bill, that contained for instance, a shortened absentee period, allowance for poll workers to show voters (even selectively) to the wrong precinct so their votes wouldn’t count, mandated far more crowding at polling locations in urban areas than in non-urban, and conveniently, the removal of the last three days of in-person absentee voting just in time for this election. The legislature jammed through HB194, ignoring all bipartisan feedback about their discrimination.
8:24 pm on Sunday, September 9, 2012
And regarding the proofs you were asked for regarding all your “illegals’ and “illegallies” but you ignored, I understand why. I’ve closely observed Cuyahoga elections since 2005, from mandated strict verification processes before and during elections, through the final counting weeks afterwards, and know you won’t be able to find such proofs. (Just slingin’ what you heard, y’know.)
Or to “lyn”, who while using the most dangerous type of “lazy” to the growth of all humanity - laziness of thought/abdication of truth to own biases – you profess to know what is easy and best for everyone else, especially the “any-color poor” to conduct their lives (though with whom you’ve apparently had minimal meaningful contact.)
Did you know that in 2008, the entire cost of processing the thousands of early-in-person voters (who stood and stayed in long lines at the board, unlike “errands” at WalMart) was only $2.28 per voter – a cost that’s destined to be exceeded this year for mail-in ABSENTEE (sic) voting, when considering the mandated first class postage for sending out each many-issue, multi-page ballot (not counted, but also a cost from voters sending ballots back in) plus all the extra personnel (30-150 people, as needed for months) to verify, send each correct ballot, monitor, receive and verify incoming ballots.
8:22 pm on Sunday, September 9, 2012
I'm deeply saddened to view this basest level of comment here on Patch. Traditionally comments here have demonstrated a sophisticated level of focused human thought and productive exchange based on facts.
But here, it's clear that some of the most rabid speakers are fact-averse, and in "lyn's" words - and as clearly demonstrated by herself - they are too "lazy" to "get their butts up" from their computer chairs and out of the echo chamber of their own fear-hate-closed minds and highly limited perceptions, fed by similarly mongering "news" and like groups, which then might enable them to find supportable specifics worth sharing before speaking, and especially before just repeating their tunnel-vision view mostly hurled against all minorities and the poor, while yelling they're "RIGHT!"
Take “Ray” for example, another person not willing put his name to his offerings, about absentee and early in-person absentee voting, he says “Another great victory from the party that elects officials illegally by using illegal aliens with stolen credentials and dead people to cast ballots...”
Ray, “no-excuse absentee voting” was made law by Ohio’s 126th General Assembly in 2006, which held a GOP majority in both houses (and with a GOP Secretary of State.) Though the vote was bipartisan, it was a GOP-passed and implemented law.
3:46 pm on Friday, August 31, 2012
How I vote is not the question here. I am gratefully among those who do have transportation to the polls, and a regular address with secure mailbox, unlike many of Cleveland's poor in low cost housing or recently foreclosed upon, for whom mail-in balloting is neither a possible or trustworthy option.
And I share the cultural value of personally experiencing and making sure everyone, no matter the station in life, "counts" in our society, and in the importance and best assurance of accuracy when experiencing casting one's vote and putting it in the ballot box in person.
Mail-in balloting has a higher "fail" rate (not counted) than votes cast in person. It is also more subject to coercive and manipulative tactics. It is not a sufficient or suitable option for those who can't get to the polls on election day or during Sec. Husted's limited weekday early voting hours.
Now, since the Judge's decision even supports Husted's ongoing misguided attempts at a type of strict "uniformity" that would produce unequal access and sacrifice for poor and/or hardworking citizens, it's incumbent on the Secretary to NOT appeal this decision - to not cause even more confusion for November's election, and to allow all Ohioans to vote in the easiest way possible for them.
12:41 pm on Sunday, August 26, 2012
Here are three ways to take action to restore weekend voting to better allow everyone's voice to count:
1. CONTACT THE SECRETARY OF STATE: Urge the Secretary of State to change his directive and allow weekend voting. For the first time since early voting was permitted in Ohio, the Secretary of State has outlawed early voting on weekends. Let the Secretary know that voting should be easy and convenient for all. Call the Secretary of State today - (614) 466-2655
2. CONTACT YOUR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: Urge your County Commissioners to pass a resolution in support of weekend voting. Ask them to follow the lead of Commissioners in Mahoning County and pass a resolution allowing the county building that houses the board of elections to be open on weekends. Call your County Commissioners today. Don’t know your Commissioners’ number? Look up your County Commissioners’ names and their contact information here - http://bit.ly/TWRDkH
3. CONTACT YOUR BOARD OF ELECTIONS: Urge your Board of Elections to pass a resolution in support of weekend voting and call on the Ohio Secretary of State to change voting hours to include weekend hours. Call or email your Board of Elections today. Don’t know the Board of Elections’ number or email? Look up your Board of Elections here - http://bit.ly/Oyp2A7
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