Not willing to allow themselves to be relegated to obsolescence, the Ohio Elections Commission has decided to appeal U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black’s decision which struck down Ohio’s law banning campaign lies.
The Ohio Elections Commission must not have received the memo that in a free republic the government doesn’t determine truth, the people do.
The Cincinnati Enquirer noted that the Commission stands little chance of having the decision overturned given that recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings found lies to be protected speech. Additionally, the Supreme Court showed its cards in June when Justice Clarence Thomas ruled that the parties which challenged the law had standing to do so. The Enquirer explained that in the decision “Justice Clarence Thomas said the groups (which brought the original suit) faced a “substantial” threat of future prosecution. The law therefore forbade them from speaking out.”
Find the Cincinnati Enquirer’s coverage HERE.
More background can be found HERE as well.
The State of Ohio has also asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put a hold on a lower court’s decision which restores Ohio’s “Golden Week,” a period during which Ohioans can register to vote and cast a ballot. Early voting on Sundays was also reinstated.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the lower court found that the revised “voting schedule violated the U.S. Constitution and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act which prohibits voting procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color or membership in an ethnic minority group.”
35 days of early voting which includes the “Golden Week” will begin on Tuesday unless the Supreme Court intervenes.
Find the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s coverage HERE.