December 04, 2012 / BY LYLA BUGARA Husted continues campaign of voter suppression with help from 6th Circuit

Will Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted, ever hault his campaign to disenfranchise the most vulnerable among us?

This time he set out to illegally invalidate provisional ballots filed with applications containing poll worker errors. That's right: poll worker errors. Even after a U.S. District Court issued a strong ruling blocking Husted's last minute voter suppression directive, the highly conservative Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that Husted’s appeal of that order was likely to succeed.

As a result, Husted's directive went into effect discounting thousands of ballots in the interim.

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October 30, 2012 / BY FANNA GAMAL Exposed: The big GOP funders behind the voter suppression billboards

Last week, media mega-corporation Clear Channel, and Norton Outdoor, were forced to remove misleading billboards designed to scare people of color away from the polls. More than 130,000 people including more than 66,000 ColorOfChange members signed a petition to Clear Channel demanding that the billboards be removed, and days later billboards in Ohio and Wisconsin were taken down.

Now, Truthout is reporting that the individual behind these billboards is a major GOP supporter, and venture capital fund manager from Wisconsin:

Stephen Einhorn – a Wisconsin venture capital fund manager and major GOP donor – acknowledged Monday that he and his wife Nancy paid for dozens of anonymous billboards in and around Milwaukee and two Ohio cities warning residents of the penalties for committing voter fraud...

Check out the full article here.

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October 19, 2012 / BY CHARLENE CARRUTHERS Voter Intimidation Billboards Continue to Stir Resistance

This week, NPR highlighted the continued resistance from civil rights groups to remove voter intimidation billboards in Ohio and Wisconsin. More than 65,000 ColorOfChange members have signed our petition calling on Clear Channel, the hosts of the billboards, to take down the signs immediately.

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October 16, 2012 / BY JOHNNY MATHIAS New Tea Party Ad Exploits Racial Fears

Update (10/31/12) While speaking at a Romney rally in Florida, the state's Commissioner of Agriculture referenced the race-baiting "Obama phone" myth, marking the first time the topic was raised at an official GOP event. 

Conservative media outlets have been up in arms since the release of a video, in late September, that features a Black woman in Ohio enthusiastically declaring her support for President Obama. The woman is supportive of the President because of an FCC program that helps to provide phones to low-income individuals. After being featured on the right-wing site, The Drudge Report, the hashtag #ObamaPhone became very popular and filled with hateful tweets. Going one step further, the far-right group Tea Party Victory Fund has released this ad, using the same clip to exploit racial fears. 

The ad is a clear example of race-baiting. And the most effective way to defeat the influence of race-baiting is to do it together. is dedicated to empowering the over 800,000 members of our organization, as well as our friends and family members to do exactly that.

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October 05, 2012 / BY MELISSA BYRNE OH "voter fraud" billboard targets Black community

A private family foundation is trying to scare Black voters away from the polls in Cleveland's Ward 5 community. Several graphic billboards placed around the ward threaten voters that "Voter Fraud is a a felony. Up to 3 1/2 years and a $10,000 fine." The ads were placed on billboards owned by Clear Channel Outdoors, an international media company.

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October 04, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF VIDEO: Rally to restore Ohio weekend voting

Last month, Columbus-area ColorOfChange members held a rally outside the office of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and joined allied groups to deliver 80,000 petition signatures. Their demand? Restore weekend voting during the October early vote period. More recently, our members nationwide have been flooding Husted's office with phone calls to to push back against his voter suppression efforts.

The Columbus rally kicked off with powerful words from ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson. He was followed by everyday Ohioans fighting for equal access to the polls.

Check out the video above, and read more about the rally after the jump.

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August 20, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF ACTION: Tell Jon Husted to restore Ohio's early voting hours

Late last week, ColorOfChange launched a campaign to protect the Black vote in Ohio. Secretary of State Jon Husted and others in Ohio are attempting to eliminate the opportunity to cast absentee ballots on weekends leading up to Election Day. It's a clear attempt to secure Ohio for the Republicans by deterring Black voters who turned out in record numbers for the 2008 election.

We are demanding that Husted bring back extended early voting hours. Please read the email that we sent to our Ohio members after the jump and join us here.

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August 16, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Ohio early voting restriction remains a problem

Last week a Republican-controlled legislature in Ohio, under the leadership of Secretary of State Jon Husted, drastically reduced early voting days and early voting hours in urban counties that included racially diverse cities such as Akron, Cleveland, Cincinnati or Columbus. Simultaneously, early voting hours were expanded in heavily Republican counties. 

Under public pressure, Husted later retracted his approval and has now called for uniform voting hours across the state. His new mandate states that all election offices are to be open during business hours and evening hours are expanded during the week. Weekend voting hours remain off limits in the state, even though they were heavily utilized in the 2008 election. Opening the polls on Saturdays and Sundays in 2008 enabled Black and low-income Ohioans to vote in record numbers.

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