Many of us think Governor Mike DeWine should be removed from office (Ohio requires impeachment, not recall), for various abuses of power. Not only did he illegally change the date of the Ohio Primary election, he actually changed it TWICE, which caused lots of confusion, and he changed the method of voting (mail-in, as opposed to voting at a local polling place as is the custom). This was illegal because as Governor, he has NO SUCH AUTHORITY to change elections - that is supposed to be done with the General Assembly, according to the Ohio Constitution. The General Assembly consists of the Ohio House of Representatives (99 members) and the Ohio Senate (33 members).
A judge actually ruled that Governor DeWine had no such authority to change an election, but guess what? DeWine ignored the judge's ruling and DID IT ANYWAY. This alone is enough to have him removed from office.
Here's an excerpt from an article published at The Hill (dot com) website:
Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Frye said in his Monday ruling that it would be a “terrible precedent” for a judge to change the date and rules 12 hours before the election takes place, the Columbus Dispatch reported. The judge’s decision comes hours after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Frank LaRose called for the election to be delayed as the nation deals with the coronavirus outbreak. The governor’s office filed a suit in Franklin County.
"We cannot conduct this election tomorrow, the in-person voting for 13 hours tomorrow, and conform to these guidelines" DeWine said. "We should not force them to make this choice, the choice between their health and their Constitutional rights and duties."
DeWine is not able to delay the primary to June 2 on his own except in the case of an invasion, so he filed the suit in Franklin County. LaRose also announced after the lawsuit's filing that he would instruct Attorney General Dave Yost (R) not to challenge the suit.
Shortly after the judge's ruling, however, DeWine announced that Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, would order that all polls remain closed and LaRose would then seek a remedy through the courts to extend voting options to Ohio residents.
Many of us also believe that Governor DeWine was excessive in his forced shutdown of Ohio businesses and his dictates for limitations to citizens' personal freedoms. He has violated our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and has shown tyrannical leadership tendencies, and a general lack of patriotism. His fear mongering, hysteria promoting words and actions, and his unprecedented governmental overreach are not welcomed and will not be tolerated. He has created unsafe, unAmerican, divisive conditions for Ohio citizens.
According to Melissa Ackison, a Republican from Marysville who challenged Rep. Bill Reineke (District 26) in the GOP Primary (Reineke won, by the way):
“... enough is enough, and it’s time to get Ohio back to work.”
“We have children to feed, businesses to run, employees to pay, and Ohio must end this shutdown now. Those with high-risk categories and compromised immune systems can shelter safely at home while the rest of us can exercise our Constitutional liberties to work and take care of our businesses and children."
“Patriots who love and respect our liberties and the Constitution are sick and tired of the fear-mongering while the governor and (state Health Director) Dr. (Amy) Acton continue to hide the numbers from the public.”
We couldn't agree more.