All Ohioans Should Be Able to Vote Early

Roland Martin | 8/9/2012, 6:33 p.m.
The campaigns of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are engaged in a fierce battle in Ohio, knowing full well ...

There is no comprehensible reason any conservative or Republican should support this limited law. For the last two years, I've been a vocal opponent of these voter suppression efforts, and the whole time, I've asked my conservative and Republican friends to show me one example -- just one! -- of their ideological buddies pushing an effort to actually expand voting rights. I'm still waiting.

Today, August 6, marks the 47th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, a bill that should have never had to be made law had America fully recognized African Americans as true citizens. It has been a monumental success, but now that we're in the 21st century, those opposed to its tough measures want it repealed, giving them a shot to enact more shameful bills to suppress voting.

Every American, regardless of party affiliation, should call out the Ohio GOP for their pitiful effort to keep law-abiding residents from casting a ballot.

Voting is not a privilege. It's a right. And any time any elected official seeks to undermine that right, they should call the effort exactly what it is: un-American.

Roland S. Martin is an award-winning CNN analyst and author of the book "The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House as Originally Reported by Roland S. Martin." Please visit his website at To find out more about Roland S. Martin and read his past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at