Military Groups Oppose Obama Campaign Ohio Lawsuit

Aug 3, 2012

Fifteen military groups are opposing a federal lawsuit in Ohio brought by President Barack Obama's campaign because they say it could threaten voter protections offered to service members. 

Obama's campaign and Democrats argue the battleground state's law unfairly ends in-person voting for most Ohioans three days earlier than it does for military and overseas voters.  They say such disparate treatment is unconstitutional, and all voters should be able to vote on those days.

Organizations including AMVETS asked a judge late Wednesday to dismiss the lawsuit.  They say federal and state law recognizes military voters need extra time.  They fear a court could find that service members shouldn't be treated differently.  Most Ohioans have until Friday evening before Election Day to cast a ballot in person.  Military voters have until Monday.