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Ohio politician: We shouldn't accommodate African-Americans


Doug Preisse is the chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party in the state of Ohio and his reason against extending voting hours this Election Day is clear: keeping the ballots open is a measure that only benefits African-Americans.

Preisse, who is also a board of elections member in Franklin County, voted against extending polling place hours back during the 2008 election. Preisse’s efforts that time around were futile and 93,000 Ohioans ultimately ended up casting votes during the weekend before Election Day.

For the upcoming 2012 presidential race, Ohioans will once again be allocated extra time to vote ahead of the actual Election Day, a decision set in stone last week after Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted issued an order that forces all 88 counties in the Buckeye State to extend voting hours to cover Monday through Friday during the final two weeks before the election.

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