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  •  True, but (0+ / 0-)

    Mail-in voting, like in Oregon, is fine.  But here you also have in person voting.  Which creates the possibility of confusion and delays at the polling places.  Given everything else he's done, I don't believe that increasing that possiblity was not on Husted's mind when he mailed out the applications.

    “The country tried everything Romney says, and it brought the economy to the brink of collapse”

    by Paleo on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 07:29:44 AM PDT

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    •  How? (2+ / 0-)
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      Sending ballot applications for absentee doesn't encourage people to fill them out and then not use them them.

      And if lines at polls are a concern, use the friggin' mail-in ballot!

      "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

      by rdw72777 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 07:34:15 AM PDT

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      •  The article documents (0+ / 0-)

        that there was a 70,000 gap between the number of people who requested an absentee ballot and those who sent one in.  Now, many might not have voted in-person anyway.  But however many had to cast provisional votes, that number is almost sure to increase this time with more requests for absentee ballots.

        Couple this with Husted's determined efforts to restrict the counting of provisional ballots due to voter or poll worker error, and it's not hard to put 2 and 2 together.

        “The country tried everything Romney says, and it brought the economy to the brink of collapse”

        by Paleo on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 07:40:05 AM PDT

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        •  Except (1+ / 0-)
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          There hasn't been an increase in absentee ballots.  there were 1.8 million in 2008, they're at 1.4 million today.

          The 70,000 gap in 2008 out of 1.8 million means that over 96% of absentee ballots requested were used.  That also means that absentee-requesters could have made up no mroe than 1/3 of the total of provisionals, which were 207K in 2008.

          And that's assuming that every absetnee-requester voted at the polls and had to vote provisional.

          The metrics don't bear out anything you're saying.  You're just way off base.  Promoting absentee ballots when 96% are returned wouldn't really seem to be a great way to juice provisional vote counts/issues.

          The article was written by boneheads who clearly can't do math.  It's something I'd expect to see on Newsmax.

          "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

          by rdw72777 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 07:47:50 AM PDT

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          •  There's still over a week to request an absentee (0+ / 0-)

            ballot

            “The country tried everything Romney says, and it brought the economy to the brink of collapse”

            by Paleo on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 07:51:15 AM PDT

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            •  Understood (1+ / 0-)
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              That doesn't change anything I said.  There hasn't been a huge increase in absentee ballots as they're still 400K less than the 2008 total.  The way you're talking about it you'd think 4 million people requested absentee ballots and oly 106 people had returned them thus far.

              Even if we have a higher number requested, there's simply no evidence that the 96% return rate will be different from 2008, causing an increase in provisional potential.  And even if there is, why that would be the SoS's fault is beyond me.  

              Who requests an absentee ballot 12 days before an election and then doesn't use it?

              "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

              by rdw72777 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 07:56:03 AM PDT

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