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MI Senate likely won't go for House plan to change electoral vote system; OH's Husted, other Republicans also say no

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As you know by now, several GOP-run states were interested in circumventing our elections by creating their own version of the electoral college that would result in many more red states… despite the popular vote count. Republicans have failed to sell their policies to America, soso rather than rectify the outdated, mean-spirited ideas and messages that are losing them elections, they are resorting to their usual dirty tricks to cheat themselves into future victories.

Previously I posted Finally! WaPo front-pages election-rigging scheme. Plus, glimmers of hope in Virginia, Florida. Now we have more glimmers of hope.

You are about to be exposed to two encouraging news items. Can you stand it? The first is from the Detroit Free Press. Remember, Michigan's Speaker of the House and Gov. Rick Snyder were considering the election-rigging scheme:

The state House may be considering a new and controversial plan on how Michigan's electoral college votes are distributed, but the state Senate isn't interested, said Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville.

Richardville said that changing the system "is not on our agenda."

King Ricky will have to use his dictatorial powers then, which nobody would put past him.

UPDATE via TPM: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder ‘Very Skeptical’ Of Electoral Vote Rigging

On to Ohio, via Cleveland.com:

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Count Ohio's Republican leaders out of a GOP-backed effort to end the Electoral College's winner-take-all format in the Buckeye State and other presidential battlegrounds.

Spokesmen for Gov. John Kasich, State Senate President Keith Faber and House Speaker William G. Batchelder told The Plain Dealer this week that they are not pursuing plans to award electoral votes proportionally by congressional district.

Batchelder went a step further, saying through his communications director that he "is not supportive of such a move." And Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, the state's chief elections administrator, emphasized that he does not favor the plan either, despite Democratic suspicions based on reported comments that he said were taken out of context.

We'll see. This could be a stall, but hopefully, they realize the bad press they're getting is growing and that moving forward would be politically disastrous.

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Election results for Ohio could take weeks, a potential "nightmare voting scenario."

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Thank you Republican Ohio Secretary of State Husted, who also got good news from a judge who ruled in his favor about firing two election officials.

Here's more of what Husted is doing to Ohio:

The official results from Ohio could come weeks after election day due to new rules about absentee and provisional ballots, potentially holding up the official outcome of the presidential election, according to a report on a potential "nightmare voting scenario" by the Cincinnati Inquirer.

Livewire has the depressing details.

And don't get me started on that Voting Machine Company Tied to Mitt Romney and Bain Capital…, or that “retired NSA analyst who proved the GOP is stealing elections”.

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Good news! Supreme Court denies Ohio request to cut back on early voting

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The Ohio secretary of state appealed to the Supreme Court to block early voting. Just what Ohioans needed, more confusion.

Well now some of that confusion will hopefully be eliminated in time for the election, and voters will know in plenty of time that they can vote early, as has been the case for years.

Remember, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted once said this:

“The later you make a decision, the more likely it is to cause a problem … Time is of the essence and confusion is dangerous.”

You'd think election officials would be in favor of more Americans voting, not reducing the numbers. But if you're a Republican, specifically Husted, you know early voting affects Democratic voters favorably; in their minds, democracy is trumped by politics and winning at all costs, so the fewer early voters, the better.

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied Ohio's request to curtail early voting in the state leading up to the November 6 presidential election.

Ohio, critical to the election hopes of Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, began early in-person voting earlier this month but planned to cut it off on November 2, the Friday before the election, except for members of the military.

Note to other states restricting voters' rights (to quote Ann Romney): "Stop it!"

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Ohio secretary of state appealing to Supreme Court to block early voting. Just what Ohioans need, more confusion.

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Rachel Maddow provides the back story in the above video. The other shoe is dropping, as expected, and the Ohio (Republican) secretary of state Jon Husted has now said he will appeal a ruling by a federal court that overturned previous restrictions on early voting.

And he took his sweet time, which of course makes it much more difficult and confusing to Ohio voters.

Per the ruling, Ohioans are able cast ballots in the three days before election day, but Husted kept everyone waiting and wondering whether or not he would appeal that decision. He was in no rush.

Husted once said this:

"The later you make a decision, the more likely it is to cause a problem ... Time is of the essence and confusion is dangerous."

The pressure is now on, and Husted knows it. He's making sure any final decisions will come in as late in the game as possible, causing further chaos resulting in fewer Democratic-leaning (black) Ohio residents having access to early voting.

After all, longer lines that deter people who are unable to spend endless hours waiting to vote benefit him and his GOP buddies.

(CNN) – Jon Husted said he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case. On Friday, a federal appeals court sided with the Obama campaign in its protest against a ban on voting in the final weekend–Saturday, Sunday, and Monday–before Election Day.

In a statement Tuesday, Husted called Friday's ruling an "unprecedented intrusion by the federal courts into how states run elections."

"Because of its impact on all 50 states as to who and how elections will be run in America we are asking the Supreme Court to step in and allow Ohioans to run Ohio elections," the statement read. [...]

The circuit court said the injunction does not, however, require local election offices to be open for early voting during the weekend before the election, but said the injunction "return[s] discretion to local boards of elections to allow all Ohio voters to vote" that Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Of course, that decision still leaves it up to boards that could very well decide against early voting. And now our lovely SCOTUS is being asked to make a final decision.

No rush, of course. Take your time.

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