Perspective: Appeals court removes restrictions on Ohio partisan poll watchers

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots during early voting at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus, in Columbushttp://www.cbsnews.com/news/appeals-court-removes-restrictions-on-ohio-partisan-poll-watchers/


Voter Intimidation

The court ruling that seem to legalize voter intimidation on the grounds that complaints are not backed by evidence is dangerous and shortsighted.

With the election related polls showing close races in say Florida and Ohio, it appears to me that to safeguard the integrity of the democratic process, it would be prudent to protect the system by iron cladding it to be a deterrent to possible attack or voter intimidation.

To do otherwise is not, in my perspective, in the best interest of the public or upholding sound democratic traditions.

Democracy cannot be taken for granted, it has to be at all cost safeguarded. … with all standing on guard at all ports, at all times.

If you err it should be on the side of over caution. Can this ever be stupid?

“Government should be of laws, rather than of men” …. JCI creed.

We call on Democrats to appeal the latest ruling of the sixth district … take no chances … exercise all possible options.

Let us wise up and get real … voter intimidation is not a myth.

Who is likely to be hurt more by voter intimidation?

Reports suggest that the Republicans tend to control the voting machinery traditionally.

Is this in reality so …?

As usual the verdict is yours.

By Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent & Photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canada.

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