One Man One Vote: Early Voting Under Threat

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In response to record turnouts in the 2008 election, more than 30 states across the country passed measures to make it harder for Americans — particularly African-Americans, the elderly, students and people with disabilities — to exercise their most fundamental right. Ohio’s law would cut that state’s early voting period in half. More than a million-and-a-half Ohioans voted early in 2008, roughly 30-percent of all ballots cast in the state.

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[first notes of “The Star-Spangled Banner” play] [bright piano and string music] – [rapping] Rainy days The tribulations I see the Sun coming up Uh, it don’t matter who rhymes you think is tight I’m good, I got Jesus Christ, my Holy Ghost rider… My life is pretty busy right now. I go to school every day. I go to school in the evenings. I work during the day. I do hip-hop music. N.O.D., Never Out Done. That’s the name we came up with a long time ago, and it just fits. It works for everything. I have five kids: four boys and a girl. My oldest is 17. My youngest is six. [rapping] I need you every day to get me through the rough times… I’m very involved with my kids. I’m involved with them– with their sports, I’m involved with their schools, and I try to get to activities. I think it’s very important to vote early because I’m a parent, and I have so many things to do. I’m always running. I have no clue what I’m gonna be doing the day it comes time to vote. And then everybody’s out voting, usually, during that day. It’s kind of too hectic. I think voting early, for me, it just– it just gives me a little leeway, just a little cushion. My grandmother and a few of her friends, they vote. And they’ve been voting since, I guess, since they’ve been allowed to vote. It’s just important to give people more than one opportunity to do it. I mean… I think if you take that away, you lose a lot of votes. [bright instrumental music] [rapping] Rainy days The tribulations I see the Sun coming up Uh, it don’t matter who rhymes you think is tight I’m good, I got Jesus Christ, my Holy Ghost rider And he fluent in every language under him Couldn’t change myself, so all I did was come to him…

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