(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com) – While the country is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and all the ways that it is dramatically affecting their everyday lives, one candidate who is backed by Justice Democrats is trying to use the situation to her advantage.
Morgan Harper, who is considered to be far left, sent a fundraising email this week that bashed Ohio State University because it cancelled all classes in response to the spread of coronavirus. In the email, the candidate for Ohio’s third congressional district called the decision by the university a form of voter suppression.
Here’s what she said in response to OSU shutting down all in-person classes for now and sending its 45,000 undergraduate students home through at least the end of March:
“First, I want to thank everyone for all they’re doing to keep Ohioans safe. But I want to point out … how decisions have already been made that could potentially disenfranchise certain populations of voters, including Ohio State students, who have now been told that in-person classes are canceled through the end of the month.”
Harper’s fundraising email called for donors to give money to an emergency fund for her because the “student vote [is] suppressed by coronavirus,” putting Harper at a “huge disadvantage.” The emails continued:
“Urgent funds are needed for emergency student outreach RIGHT NOW. We need ALL HANDS ON DECK in the next 24 hours to contact thousands of students to request an absentee ballot and vote for Morgan … Can you donate to our Emergency Student Voter Contact Fund?”
Harper has a legitimate reason to be worried about OSU cancelling classes. She was banking on the student vote to help propel her to victory in the March 17 primary against incumbent Joyce Beatty. The district includes OSU’s Columbus campus.
But even though she needs the student vote to help her, Harper shouldn’t have dipped to the low point of blaming coronavirus for her possible future failures, or calling the actions of the university a form of voter suppression. The university was acting with one thing in mind — the safety of their students. They are basically following what other major universities, and other places where large groups of people congregate, are doing; they’re shutting down to hopefully reduce the spread of coronavirus.
On a Twitter video posted Tuesday, Harper demanded the Ohio state government extend the deadline by which absentee ballots must be postmarked from the current March 16 date to the end of March. This would accommodate students and also other voters who don’t want to go to the polls now because of fear of the coronavirus.
Of course, this would be an unprecedented move, since no states accept absentee ballots that are postmarked after the actual election takes place.
Further Harper fundraising emails read:
“THOUSANDS of progressive votes in Columbus are at risk if we aren’t able to reach these student voters — and we only have a few hours. Can you donate today so we can make sure their votes count?”
“We are taking the appropriate measures to make sure our volunteers and supporters remain safe and healthy while reaching voters across our district. We’re asking for your help to secure the services we need to digitally canvass our neighborhoods by reaching potential voters online and by phone and texts. Will you help our volunteers with a $10 contribution?”