Now THIS is what democracy looks like. Some really great news via Ian Millhiser at ThinkProgress...
Ohio's new law would have overturned many of the improvements instituted in the Buckeye State by former Sec. of State Jennifer Brunner (D) after she took over from the corrupt J. Kenneth Blackwell (R) and his abhorrent, um, administration of the 2004 Presidential election there.
ThinkProgress' Tanya Somanader summarizes some of the new law's appalling restrictions on voting like this...
Thankfully, if the 300,000 signatures hold up as expected, none of those restrictions will affect the 2012 election in Ohio! The GOP will just have to come up with another way to keep voters from exercising their democratic franchise. And they will. Don't worry.
It should be noted here, however, that Kasich's voter suppression law could have been even worse, had it not been for the new Republican Sec. of State John Husted helping to buck his party's national trend, by advocating against a polling place Photo ID restriction that Ohio's GOP legislators had hoped, at one point, to institute as well.
Said Husted over the summer, after learning of the GOP's scheme to include a Photo ID restriction on voters [emphasis added]:
We'll see what Husted does between here and November 2012. But for the moment, at least, he's earned much respect from The BRAD BLOG for the above.
The 300,000 voters who signed the petition to put Kasich's blatant voter suppression bill on the ballot, and those who organized the campaign, have earned our greatest respect as well. Thanks for standing up for American values, and not letting the bad guys push you around, Ohio!