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Ohio Republicans Still Trying Not to Count All Ballots

Ohio Republicans Still Trying Not to Count All Ballots

A federal judge ordered Ohio Secretary of State John Hustad (R) to figure out a way to count tens of thousands of provisional ballots rather than reject them, handing Republicans anther loss in attempts to throw Ohio’s 18 electoral college votes to Mitt Romney. And while Hustad filed an immediate appeal, Republicans may want to re-think this litigation strategy, for the longer Republicans try to defend the last-minute directive to throw out thousands of votes, the worse they sound.

Provisional ballots include those cast when voters don’t bring proper ID to the polls or cast them in the wrong precinct. Many of these mistakes happen as a result of redistricting and, thanks to heavy Republican electoral gains in 2010 and the resulting gerrymandering and push for voter restrictions, more voters than ever ended up having the votes considered “provisional.”

Voting rights advocates thought there was an enforceable agreement in place about the standards for counting such ballots late in October when a federal judge entered a consent decree: (1) acknowledging that poll workers were required to record identification information offered by a voter and (2) making Ohio responsible, and thus the ballot otherwise valid, if any poll workers made errors while collecting or transcribing that information.

But the Friday evening before the election, around 7:00 pm to be more exact, Hustad tried to back out of the count-order. By means of a directive, he instructed local election officials to reject any ballots where the information was mistakenly recorded, absolving poll workers of the responsibility to properly complete the form. It is impossible to know just how many registered voters would lose their vote thanks to this directive. The order issued Tuesday means for now, and until the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has a say, we won’t know.

Should the appellate court affirm the order, then state election officials have until the end of November to come to an agreement on how to count all the ballots.

Aren’t we glad the outcome of the election didn’t depend on Ohio?

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8:47AM PST on Nov 24, 2012

They are trying to get their voter suppression perfected for 2016. By then they hope they will have all these tactics invisible to everyone's eyes.

12:13PM PST on Nov 20, 2012

Republican pigs have always cried about voting fraud and yet these pigs are the ones who are committing the fraud.

8:49PM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Mary B.... Elaine A is a prime example of false christians, she idoilizes those who worship money and follows those who claim "selfishness is a virtue". Selfishenss is the opposite of altruism...the principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others which is a virtue and is the teachings of Christ. Because she follows those who preach the opposite of what Christ taught she follows the teachings of the anti-Christ. and Jesus will say to her:

"Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:21-23).

8:37PM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Jacob R
108% of the vote... what a dipwad you are whoever you are... voter fraud is almost non-existent... But hey you nitwoits keep crying and trying to change the election results... If Obama got 51% of thye popular vote that means Romney lost with 49%... you do know the popular vote does not count nationwide...
In 5-Year effort the Bush administration's DOJ , the Justice Department has turned up virtually no evidence of any organized effort. Although Republican activists have repeatedly said fraud is so widespread that it has corrupted the political process and, possibly, cost the party election victories, about 120 people have been charged and 86 convicted as of last year. Many of those charged appear to have mistakenly filled out registration forms, or helped elderly relatives fill out their registration cards without signing the cards themselves or misunderstood eligibility rules. That is an investigation of the 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006 elections... two general elections and two mid-term elections totaling over half a billion votes and only 120 cases of voter fraud uncovered and guess what... none of those 120 cases were voter impersonation fraud...zero, zip, nada, none, non, your IQ...
Voter IDs would not have stopped any of those 120 cases, your "voter challenging" would not have stopped any of those 120 cases. True the Vote is just voter intimidation pure and simple and that is a felony and the FBI will be standing by on election day for any calls of voter in

3:58PM PST on Nov 16, 2012

The Election is over Pres Oboma won another 4 yrs get over it Work with him to help America

3:53PM PST on Nov 16, 2012

Mary...read Elaine's profile.....she's a loving Christian who wants to "live and let live" and show us all how Jesus & God are waiting to meet us.

She couldn't POSSIBLY be nasty, hateful and vile.

Could she?

1:03PM PST on Nov 16, 2012

Elaine A......you are back to your hate messages I see.......be careful......most here don't tolerate your hateful self..

12:58PM PST on Nov 16, 2012

Steve Loves to get a rise out of people,just like the ballot counters in Ohio are doing or not doing their job

12:28PM PST on Nov 16, 2012

Prosecute this guy! And anyone who tries to tamper with election ballots!

12:27PM PST on Nov 16, 2012

Anyone who tampers with the governmental process should be jailed

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