Via Balloon Juice, an editorial from the Toledo Blade on the “Breitbart-Romney-Fox News lie” concerning military voting in Ohio, emphasis mine:
“The notion that President Obama—or any other rational politician—would seek to curtail the right to vote of servicemen and women is absurd. Yet Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is peddling that canard in an attempt to win votes in this critical battleground state. Ohio voters surely are too savvy to fall for such nonsense.
Last year, Ohio’s Republican-controlled General Assembly passed an election “reform” bill that needlessly limited the ability of some citizens—most of whom historically lean toward Democratic candidates—to vote. When Democrats promised to put a referendum on the new law on the Nov. 6 ballot, GOP lawmakers decided to rescind the restrictions rather than hand the other party an issue to energize voters.
One part of the law remains in effect, though, because it also was included in a separate law. That provision, in accordance with federal mandates, allows military members, their families, and civilians who live overseas to vote through the Monday before Election Day. Early voting for all other Ohioans ends the Friday before the election.
The Obama campaign sued Ohio to keep the early-voting ban from taking effect. But that didn’t stop Mr. Romney—and his friends at Fox News—from claiming that the suit was intended to disfranchise the soldiers, sailors, and airmen who defend the liberties—such as voting—that other Americans enjoy. The lawsuit seeks a return to the way things were in 2008, when 93,000 Ohioans cast their ballots on the final three days before the Nov. 4 presidential election. Early and absentee voting had been expanded in Ohio and other states after the 2004 presidential election, when long lines and broken equipment caused some people to wait hours to vote, while others simply gave up. Campaigning on distortions and half-truths is an insult to all Ohio voters—military, civilian, left, right, and center.”