Days after falsely accusing the Obama campaign of working to restrict the voting rights of members of the military, the Romney campaign still won’t say whether they believe Ohio cops, firefighters and veterans are worthy of early voting rights. The Romney campaign has failed to respond to multiple inquires from TPM on whether they believe Ohio veterans, cops and firefighters should also be allowed to vote in-person during the three days before an election. Joe Davis, a spokesman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, told TPM that the VFW doesn’t see the Obama campaign’s suit as a veterans’ issue, but said the VFW wouldn’t object to veterans (and the general public) being allowed to vote in the three days before the election. “The way we read the actual suit was, they wanted to match it to allow the rest of the Ohio citizens to early vote in-person up until the Monday before the election on Tuesday,” Davis said.
TPM also reached out to the AFL-CIO to talk with Ohio firefighters to find out what they made of the Romney campaign’s attack on early voting rights. Doug Stern, a Cincinnati firefighter, told TPM that protecting existing early voting rights shouldn’t be partisan. “It’s unfortunate that it’s coming down to a Mitt Romney versus Barack Obama issue. I would think with something like this we would all be on the same page and want the opportunity to vote for everyone as much as possible,” Stern said. “I think limiting somebody’s right to the ballot box is a mistake because fundamentally that’s the voice that we all have.”