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  •  Is this your article? (2+ / 0-)
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    Talk about legislative HB 194 repeal unsettling Submitted by Anastasia Pantsios on Sun, 01/29/2012 - 11:23pm.

    Several state reps. are suggesting an alternative bill, intending to — gasp — make voting easier. (What a novel concept!) Cincinnati's Alicia Reese, Columbus Tracy Maxwell Heard, and Kent's Kathleen Clyde are proposing some changes summarized here:
    They include measures intended to cut down on provisional voting, like requiring poll workers to direct voters to the correct precinct table or polling place, and to let people who have changed their name or address vote on a regular ballot.

    They also propose changes that won't allow ballots to be disqualified on tiny technical errors when it's perfectly clear who the voter intended to vote for, and not allow ballots to be disqualified for things like stray marks.

    They'd restore more access to early voting, and they'd allow student ID and passports to be used as ID at the polls, which they're not now. They'd also permit online voter registration and absentee ballot requests.

    Meanwhile, Senate president Tom Niehaus is unhappy with Husted's suggestion because he says he was caught off-guard and learned about Husted’s proposal from his press release so he's all embarrassed and pissed off. And House speaker Bill Batchelder is wailing that the Democrats’ proposal “encourages chaos” and (ho-hum) “invites voter fraud.”

    Funny, it seemed to us like HB 194 was intended to encourage chaos. And I would like to see Batchelder detail exactly how anything in the Democrats’ proposal “invites voter fraud,” already so rare as to be nonexistent.

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 10:12:18 AM PST

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    •  Yes, it is (1+ / 0-)
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      I've written extensively on election integrity, my main issue. The presence of HB 194 on the ballot, and the fact that there will be an education campaign in place on it, could certainly change the landscape. The fact that it cannot take effect for this election, which is what it was intended to do — HB 194 was ALL about stealing this year's presidential election — means they will be looking for other ways to keep Democratic voters away. So we have to be very aware of precisely what they CANNOT do and what they still can do.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

      by anastasia p on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 11:42:11 AM PST

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      •  Great article. (0+ / 0-)

        If you were to write a bullet point pamphlet to give to each voter, letting them know some tactics that could be taken and steps to prevent having their votes compromised in ANY way, what items would you list?

        I'm thinking the Conyers conclusions about what happened in 2004 listing what WAS done to compromise votes was a good start.

        I think now is a good time to start teaching voters.

        Thanks, Anastasia.

        It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

        by War on Error on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 11:47:11 AM PST

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