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Ohio papers reported today that attorneys may take their case requiring that Ohio voters provide proof of identification to cast an early absentee ballot, to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order last night staying a lower court ruling from last week that put the voter ID requirement on hold.  Thus, county election boards that were telling voters last week that they didn't need ID for their absentee ballots, are now telling them the opposite.  I knew the Repubs couldn't leave this alone and that they would delay an appeal to max out the potential chaos.  The culprit (intervener) is Jim Petro, current Ohio AG and the loser to Blackwell in the Ohio Repub Gov. primary.  Petro said he felt he had a duty to defend the constitutionality of legally enacted laws by the General Assembly.  What a numnut.  Wait for it, maybe he'll break into a patriotic verson of GBA.  Officially, the intervention was not with Blackwell's approval, but you have to be skeptical.  Regardless, chaos and bullying are the name of the Repubs game in Ohio in 2006.  

I haven't seen any diaries on this, which is surprising.  If a diary already exists, I'll pull this one off.  

The 6th Cir. 3-judge panel is supposed to issue an opinion on this, but I haven't seen anything yet.  Tomorrow, or Wednesday maybe.  Subodh Chandra (Dem AG candidate, lost to Mark Dann in the primary) represents one of the groups that sued to challenge the ID requirement in the first place.  Chandra will appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. I really wish Subodh would have won the Ohio AG primary.  Give him time, he's got big-time written all over him.  Anyway, Chandra represents SEIU Union 1199 and notes that the court's decision is guaranteed to create confusion for voters and poll workers alike.

Fortunately or unfortunately, the order does reqire that county election boards preserve absentee ballots as-is.  Another hearing is scheduled for Wednesday (day after Halloween, oh the irony) in U.S. District Court in Columbus. Hey, maybe Jon Stewart can do a Daily Show tie-in to shed a national spotlight on this crud.  Feel free to bury Stewart with e-mail.

Just last week, the U.S. District Court issued an order Thursday granting a TRO to block the requirement that voters had to provide an accepted form of ID to get an absentee ballot. That requirement was part of the "no-fault" (this title brought to you by the same numnuts that brought you the "healthy forests" and "clean skies" initiatives) absentee voter guidelines.  The lower court had ruled that county election boards were not uniformly enforcing the ID provisions, and that THOUSANDS of voters were submitting the wrong number from their driver's license with their absentee ballot, meaning those ballots would not be counted.  That's THOUSANDS of votes that may already be worthless.    

My motto in Ohio this year: Embrace the Tornado.  

Originally posted to Public Servant on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 05:27 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  they should go to SCOTUS (4+ / 0-)
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    hubcap, Terre, bayside, Albatross

    And SCOTUS might be inclined to grant them their wish based on an equal protection issue.  People's votes cannot be disqualified because the law was changed midway through the process.

    They're going to try whatever they can to suppress as many votes as possible this year.

    D-Day, the newest blog on the internet (at the moment of its launch)

    by dday on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 05:32:29 PM PST

  •  I've never been to Ohio (2+ / 0-)
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    and based on what I've seen in the last couple years I'm not sure I want to. However, if any a state needs to get some Democratic activists out there Ohio is it.

    •  It's a beautiful state with a lot to offer... (2+ / 0-)
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      but it's having trouble transforming from an economic manufacturing engine on which the country relied heavily, to some other primary economic functions.  Unfortunately, the Repubs have provided few new ideas and have had absolutely no vision.  Instead of stemming the downhill slide and turning us around back up the hill, they have expedited our downhill slide.  

      The November Tsudemi Approacheth

      by Public Servant on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 05:39:06 PM PST

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      •  GOP (0+ / 0-)

        vision and ideas aren't their forte'. Once upon a time I would have said they excel at scaling back visions and ensuring that their is a healthy balance between government and individuality......this batch of GOP fools would have proven me wrong. Lately it seems that all they excel at is creating chaos and making a mess.

        •  Hey! Ken Blackwell has a great idea! (3+ / 0-)
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          Gay marriage is the biggest threat our state faces! Come on, people of Ohio! What's the matter with you? J. Kenny's talking about the decadent gay lifestyle and the threat this presents to your "traditional" marriage. Why aren't you listened? Don't you know a threat when you see it? Why are you wasting your time listening to Ted Strickland talk about irrelevant things like vreating deccent jobs, creating an encouraging climate for small business, expanding health care coverage, properly funding schools and making college within the financial range of more people? Those things don't count when there are gay people out on your lawn, lurking behind your tree, hiding in your garage, and when you leave, they're going to break into your house -- and redecorate it!

          by anastasia p on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 06:07:17 PM PST

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          •  My near-90 year old grandparents... (4+ / 0-)
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            Ahianne, Cedwyn, cwaltz, flumptytail

            when asked about the possibility of gays living down the street, said it's simply none of their business what other folks do in the privacy of their own homes or in their personal lives.  They say it does not impact them in any way, so consider it a non-issue.  I love those two old farts!  


            The November Tsudemi Approacheth

            by Public Servant on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 06:15:17 PM PST

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            •  Wish everyone saw things as practically as them (0+ / 0-)

              They have a wonderful way of cutting through the crud and focusing on the heart of every issue.  I hope I live to be 90, and to be as wise as they are some day.  

              The November Tsudemi Approacheth

              by Public Servant on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 07:13:38 PM PST

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          •  The covenant, man... (0+ / 0-)

            That Blackwell dude makes Alan Keyes look like an amateur. If Keyes were better at crime, he'd be Blackwell.

            Gays, liberals, voters who don't vote for Blackwell, all of them deserve the hell they will get under Blackwell's Covenant. And why? Because he said so.

            Because he said so... that's the platform of the Rethugwingnut Party.

    •  I've only driven through. (0+ / 0-)

      Ohio is on our way to visit my sister in Virginia.  The road is nice and there is hardly any traffic. Oh wait, we did stay overnight in Dayton once. We had a hard time finding a hotel. There was a Trans-Am festival. The girl at the counter of the hotel said she liked our bumber stickers(Kerry/Edwards & Feingold) and that she was leaving when she got out of high school.

      Does the devil wear a suit and tie, Or does he work at the Dairy Queen- Martin Sexton

      by strengthof10kmen on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 05:59:33 PM PST

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    •  We have plenty, thanks! (2+ / 0-)
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      We are crawling with terrific, hard-working, determined people. Unfortunately, we are also crawling with Republican criminals and in fact, the entire state GOP has become nothing but a bullying, suppressive organization. Hopefully we will crush them in a week.

      by anastasia p on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 06:03:49 PM PST

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  •  It's utterly amazing (3+ / 0-)
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    that they can be deciding these monumental decisions right before the election.

    There ought to be a law that you can't change election rules within one month of the election.

    •  They officiate the contest and change rules... (3+ / 0-)
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      Ahianne, Naturegal, Terre

      as they deem appropriate and gerrymander the districts and cheat to gain financial advantage, and so on and so on, etc.  

      It's like a basketball game in which they have a team playing, their coach is the referee, their team owner can change the rules whenever they want, even during the championship game, they own the court and can change the physical limits of the court at any time, they own the media that covers the game, and they can use the money they make from their winnings to pay all of their people, so they can do the same thing in each new game.  Sorry, I played bball in HS and sometimes go with the bball analogies.  

      The November Tsudemi Approacheth

      by Public Servant on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 05:52:35 PM PST

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  •  Don't forget that the Supremes could opt out! n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  On hold! (0+ / 0-)

    Good news. Keep us informed if you can.

  •  The only reason for the ID requirement... (3+ / 0-)

    Click to view The Ultimate Campaign to steer as many voters as possible to fill out provisional ballots. In 2004, a provisional ballot of a Democratic voter was nine times as likely to be disqulified as that of a Republican voter.

    While it is sometimes true that Christians don't lie, it is often true that liars pretend they are Christians.

    by Dan Hrkman on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 05:52:07 PM PST

  •  Marc Dann will be a great AG! (1+ / 0-)
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    He's the pitbull who stayed on the Coingate scandal for almost two months while the statewide media outside of the Toledo Blade was burying it and the Republicans in Columbus were whining that coindealer Noe was a great guy and being unfairly attacked and that it was all partisan. Dann was tireless and he will be tireless in pursuit of such criminals as AG. Our biggest problem is Ohio now is that the corrupt pay-to-play campaign-contribution system of doing state business jacks up the cost and costs the taxpayers big-time. Marc can help stop that. Betty Montgomry will snooze for four years.

    i agree Subodh is terrific; I volunteered for him in the primary. After his loss, he has stayed active in the party. He hosted the opening of Strickland's east side Cleveland headquarters; he's been holding fundraiser after fundraiser for candidates of all stripes. i went to his house for a fundraiser for Dr. Vic Wulsin. He's hosting a fundraiser tomorrow night downtown for treasurer candidate Rich Cordray. I don't think we'll be waiting too long to see Subodh tapped to run again.

    Sure, I wish he was our AG candidate. I wish Paul Hackett was our Senate candidate too (but given Mikey DeWhiny's determined level of self-destruction, it's looking like we could have run one of my cats and he'd be the next Ohio senator). But we'll do ok regardless, and Marc Dann will be a terrific attorney general.

    by anastasia p on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 06:12:55 PM PST

    •  I interact with the AGO on a regular basis... (0+ / 0-)

      working to save the planet, at least Ohio's portion, and honestly feel that whether Marc Dann wins, or if Betty comes back, Ohio will be well-served.  Betty ran a nice AG's office, IMHO.  Speaking candidly, I'd rather see a Dem in the slot so no Q's exist in regard to investigating past Repub shenanigans. But if Betty wins, I won't cry myself to sleep.  I know Dann is a pitbull, and I'm rooting for him big time, so don't think otherwise.  As for Chandra, can't wait for him to get the nod someday.  

      As for Hackett, whichever slot he picks to run for in 2008, I'll be his first volunteer.  That man rocks.  Wonder if he'd consider a VP slot in 08?  I wrote that jokingly, but hmmm....    

      The November Tsudemi Approacheth

      by Public Servant on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 06:27:42 PM PST

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  •  Since counties have treated ballots differently (1+ / 0-)
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    Public Servant the early voting so far, and will treat the election day ballots differently (documented in the lawsuit), how could the SC allow the voter ID statutes to stand and be consistent with Bush v. Gore? It is too late to straighten out the procedures at this date. Let's see the SC choke on this one.

    •  "Choke" is the operable word... (0+ / 0-)

      and I guess a double entendre as to the SC's role.  In reality, it'll be many unfortunate and unsuspecting Ohioans that will be doing the choking.

      The November Tsudemi Approacheth

      by Public Servant on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 06:43:01 PM PST

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