Obama challenges early voting law for military in OH
What's behind legal action?
- Duration 2:58
- Date Aug 3, 2012
What's behind legal action?
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Good evening I was in every -- threat there.
If President Obama gets his way.
This special voting rights of some of America's finest will be eliminated the campaign is suing to -- members of the military from having extra time to cast their ballots.
In one key battleground state chief whitehouse correspondent Ed Henry tells us why.
New leading to the term battleground president Obama's campaign and members of the military.
On a collision course over voting rights in the critical state of Ohio.
His campaign in the Democratic National Committee have filed a lawsuit.
To block a new state law allowing men and women in uniform.
-- -- up until the Monday right before an election.
All the caught off on early voting for the rest of the public is three days earlier the National Guard Association and other military groups have fired back it's offensive for Democrats to suggest.
It's arbitrary for service members to get special consideration.
I just outraged by the first I can't believe -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- State Democratic Party -- actually saying there's no rational basis for a distinction.
Someone who has -- military voting and -- it's not the military.
The president's team insists the two -- early voting process violates the constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law.
-- Obama campaign manager Jim Messina telling supporters in an email along with the DNC and Ohio Democratic Party.
This campaign filed a lawsuit to reinstate equal early voting rights for all Ohio winds.
Writes the Republican controlled legislature -- -- stripped away this past year.
The president is so determined people Ohio and it's eighteen electoral votes in the democratic column he's already visited the state nine times this year alone.
And since no Republican has ever -- the White House without the Buckeye State it Romney is fighting just as hard on -- today lashed out at the lawsuit years.
Two to impede the right of our military members overseas or here domestically in voting.
How would be eight an extraordinary violation of the trust that we should have for those who -- -- about diet that.
When Democrats try to block some military ballots in Florida during the recount of 2000 it was a political and public relations disaster.
Until vice presidential nominee Joseph Lieberman stepped in vice president gore and I would never.
Or throws and not tolerate a strategy that was aimed at.
Military ballots military vets -- support the president stressed this time nobody is trying to prevent service members votes from being counted.
I just find it troubling that the Republicans.
What -- veterans groups -- cover fire for their real mission and -- -- mission quite obviously is to restrict people from voting history data for the elect.
32 states plus DC have some form of early voting so this Ohio case could set a major precedent that's why both campaigns will be watching at the next hearing on August 15 and Ohio.
Very closely -- And we will talk about it with the panel Ed Henry at the White House -- --