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  •  I was in Ohio for GOTV (11+ / 0-)

    In Columbus there were over 40,000 provisional ballots.  Over 4% of all votes cast in Ohio were forced into the provisional ballot pipeline. This was by design. Rove was convince that it would win Ohio for Romney. It might have worked, except that the targets of suppression  fought back and voted in overwhelming numbers.

    Husted should be in jail, but a contempt citation would be a nice starting place...

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    by dengre on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 05:53:42 PM PST

    •  That's almost certainly untrue (4+ / 0-)

      I cannot speak for Franklin County. But in Cuyahoga — Cleveland — with about 32,000 provisionals, it wasn't any "design" or any plan to "suppress" anything. In fact, it helped enfranchise people who otherwise wouldn't have been able to cast a vote. I have learned a lot about what ballots are legal that surprised me. MOST provisionals are legal; most are counted. Most were not cast by "targets of suppression," but by people who moved and did not update their registration and by people who requested a mail-in ballot and did not use it. In the former case, a check is required to make sure they voted in the right place; in the latter, it's to make sure they didn't return the ballot. In addition, everyone who voted at their Board of Elections on election day voted provisional to make sure they did not also go to their precinct polling place. There is really logic behind this, and we should not blind ourselves to it in our eagerness to believe the Republicans are more powerful than they are. If they were, Husted would not be resorting to infuriating judges and making a public disgrace of himself.

      Come on, Nina Turner, you KNOW you want to run for secretary of state in 2014. You can take a nice bite out of Husted's sorry ass. And with Kasich flunky Bob Bennett back at the Ohio Republican Party, the ORP won't be an ATM for Kasich's enemy Husted anymore.

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      by anastasia p on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 07:49:08 PM PST

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      •  Thanx AP, putting to rest the intentional part (1+ / 0-)
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        ...about the provisional ballot uptick in Cleveland area.

        Now can you explain how Husted could afford all this legal work if he and the governor are enemies....he was in court continuously from August up to and past the election.

        And while you are explaining that there is a logic to this, what logic lay behind his 7 pm move....and the additional software move... it did seem as if he was trying to create a Florida...

        "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

        by BlueStateRedhead on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 09:24:20 PM PST

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        Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

        by Just Bob on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 10:13:38 PM PST

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      •  Husted was counting on human behavior in the (1+ / 0-)
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        provisional problem. People get busy and forget to follow up on their end.  

        I did note some problems with poll workers forgetting to give people a paper that reminded them of what they needed to do to make their vote count when I observed and when I did exit polling. It may not seem important but if you never voted provisional before you need those written reminders.

        In some cases poll workers weren't allowed to tell voters they were in the wrong precinct. I did my own little observation survey of this and went to several precincts to ask poll workers if they directed voters to the correct precinct table or location and they all said, "Of course , we do".

        Husted seems more like a thug than a slick operator.
        It looks like he was trying different tricks to suppress the vote.  I could be wrong but I think that is what the patch was about. Just another trick to add to the bag of tricks.

    •  Maybe Paula Broadwell will someday (1+ / 0-)
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      write a book about all the GOP operatives who should be in jail who were finally thrown in jail. She could call it "Now They're All In Jail".

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 09:00:07 PM PST

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