Voter suppression caused a backlash
Apparently people don't like having their ability to vote stripped away by Republicans. Who knew?
"That was a strong motivator because we know we got here through blood, sweat and tears," said state Sen. Nina Turner, D-Cleveland...
Decisions to limit early voting to weekdays also stirred ire, as did a widely reported comment by Doug Preisse, chairman of the Republican Party in Franklin County, who said in an e-mail to the Columbus Dispatch, "I guess I really actually feel we shouldn't contort the voting process to accommodate the urban -- read African-American -- voter-turnout machine."
When the Obama campaign successfully sued to open polls on the final weekend of the early-voting period, black voters thronged many polling stations.