Voter Suppression and Democratic Expression


We live in a very Republican subdivision in a very Republican county. Prominent in the local political folklore is the fact that, in 1964, in the midst of the Johnson landslide, ours was the only Ohio county that went for Goldwater by a double-digit margin. (I assume it is a fact, but I have never confirmed it. It could be one of those assertions that is repeated so often that it becomes “fact.”) When we moved here for my job, I noticed immediately that, in many elections, the Democrats don’t even field candidates.

In 2008, we and our next-door neighbors (a happy coincidence) were the only Democrats for blocks–or at least the only Democrats willing to announce themselves as such by putting Obama-Biden signs on their front yards.

But in the space of a single week, we each had three Obama-Biden signs stolen from our lawns–until the neighbor, a pie-fitter…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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