Voting-rights advocates say it could take some Cuyahoga County residents as long as 90 minutes in travel time to cast an absentee ballot at the county’s only drop box.
Attorneys for the League of Women Voters and the NAACP of Ohio this week cited the difficulties of low-income residents as part of a filing in U.S. District Court in Cleveland that seeks multiple drop boxes in each county in Ohio. They say several boxes would prevent delays by the mail system and allow residents to vote without fears caused by the pandemic.
The organizations are fighting Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s directive that allows just one dropbox per county, which they say limits voters’ rights and is unconstitutional.
“Allowing a county with 850,000 voters the same single drop box location as a county with 9,000 voters is a recipe for disparate treatment based on where voters live,” the attorneys for the groups said in documents.
They stressed that the directive would harm low-income residents who rely on public transportation. The U.S. Census Bureau says Cuyahoga County has 457 square miles, while Cleveland has 78 square miles.
The groups have “amply demonstrated that the burdens imposed on many Ohio voters by the directive, predominately those living in poverty, is real and substantial: drive times for many of more than 90 minutes and wait times of extraordinary lengths,” the attorneys for the organizations said.
The attorneys said some voters in Cleveland and Cincinnati are 2.5 times more likely to face that travel time to and from their respective drop boxes than voters in the state as a whole.
There is more at the link above. These people really hate people voting. They hate democracy. They want power, just for themselves. Hugs