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  •  Here in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) (3+ / 0-)
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    glitterscale, Ahianne, flumptytail

    the absentee ballots are bubble sheets that get optically scanned.  Before the November 2006 elections the absentee voting rules were liberalized, allowing more people to vote by mail.  I took advantage of it and have decided that it is, for me, the way to go.  No waiting in long lines, more time to contemplate and research my decisions, and the assurance of a paper record have sold me.  

    •  But didn't Blackwell change the rules in (1+ / 0-)
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      the middle of the game?  He said only one specific weight of paper could used for the ballots and this was after a newspaper had printed an absentee ballot in one of their daily papers and people used it and sent it in.

      Hmmm... was that the Plain Dealer that did that?  All those absentee ballots were thrown out by Blackwell and those people may not have known their votes were spoiled.

      <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

      by bronte17 on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 12:36:49 PM PST

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        bronte17, flumptytail

        the paper weight issue had to do with voter registrations, not ballots.  The only Blackwell inanity that I remember with absentee ballots was whether/what kind of I.D. was required.  Those rules kept changing right up to the deadline and in fact changed the final time after I mailed my ballot in.  I don't remember that official ballots came with the PD, only sample ballots.  The official ballots I got came in the mail from the county elections board and from a couple of advocacy groups.  

        •  Moritz on the paper weight issue (1+ / 0-)
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          Election Law article from Moritz College of Law at OSU.

          Even with Mr. Blackwell's "retraction" of the paperweight directive, he may have succeeded in creating a chilling effect on voter registration. The directive potentially chills both those who are circulating registration forms and those who are deciding whether or not to complete them, increasing any cynicism about government that may have made them hesitant to register in the first place. Sadly, it also may chill elections officials throughout the state, who have received a loud and clear message that Mr. Blackwell cares more about technicalities than he does about voter participation. By issuing the directive and then retracting it, Mr. Blackwell apparently tries to have his cake and eat it too: he gets the partisan "benefit" of reduced registration -- either through direct disqualification or the chilling effect -- and he may avoid prosecution for Voting Rights Act violations. But a vote discouraged is a vote denied. How sad that the officer in charge of promoting full and fair voter rights seems to be seeking out ways to discourage citizens from exercising those rights. One can only hope that this attempt to frustrate increased voter registration will spur even more efforts to give eligible citizens access to the ballot.

          With all of the paranoia about rogue codes being used to alter electronic ballots, people seem to forget that one of the best ways to steal an election is by keeping voters from getting to the polls...

          <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

          by bronte17 on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 07:01:49 PM PST

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