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  •  You're flying a lot of cover for a stupid mistake! (0+ / 0-)

    The Election Board's computer did not "reuse the template." A person did. And a person either didn't check the proof, or checked the proof and didn't catch the obvious mistake, or saw it and didn't care.

    That. Was. Not. a Computer Error.
    I live too far away to know which precincts were involved and - at the precinct level - to know how people voted. The report was that some 2300 notices went out. I don't understand your 12/13 numbers, but I'd be surprised if the area covered by those notices had precincts with only 25 voters.

    As for taking civil or criminal action, I didn't propose it. I think there's a more appropriate remedy. I did, however, suggest the action was inexcusable and I used the word "felonious" because - in my book - when public officials who are supposed to be neutral mislead the public, their actions are as felonious as fraudulent voters are alleged to be. As for a remedy, I'd just bounce 'em from office for incompetence (with or without needing to prove what they intended) and try to appoint even-handed balanced replacements ... people intelligent and honest enough not to accuse a computer of their own human screwup.

    As for your quote from me about elections, I give you that. I preceded my paragraph with "an election for Federal office can be held under Federal law" and assumed I didn't have to repeat that in each sentence that followed. Still, I was sloppy about that. Mea culpa.

    It was a lot less egregious than the action of the Ottowa County Election Board. Whose spokespeople don't even seem ashamed.

    Obama and strong Democratic majorities in 2012!

    by TRPChicago on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 10:01:12 AM PDT

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    •  stupid mistakes normally aren't "election fraud" (0+ / 0-)

      There's a decent chance that you're going after a Democratic election official here. I'm not saying that there should be a double standard -- there shouldn't be -- but maybe it clarifies the implications of your words. If you want to describe conduct as "felonious," why wouldn't you advocate criminal prosecution?

      Again, my point was that given all the sources of information that election day is on a Tuesday, this card wasn't likely to influence many voters (especially because it was bound to be noticed well before election day).

      I live too far away to know which precincts were involved and - at the precinct level - to know how people voted.
      What, you think I know because I live closer to Ohio than you do?

      You could go to the Ohio secretary of state's website, download the results by precinct, and look for yourself. That might be a reasonable thing to do before accusing people of felonious behavior. I guess one can say just about anything about a public official, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

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      by HudsonValleyMark on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 11:03:29 AM PDT

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