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Very sound advice for Ohio voters, courtesy of Kay at Balloon Juice:

If you request an absentee ballot in Ohio your name is marked on a poll book in your precinct as having done so. Thus, if you fill out an application for an absentee ballot and then DON’T VOTE absentee, but instead decide to vote in person, you are going to get a provisional ballot on election day, because they have to assume you voted absentee until they open the absentee ballots and discover that you did not.

You DO NOT want a provisional ballot if you can possibly avoid one. DO NOT submit the request for an absentee ballot unless you plan on voting absentee.

I’m in the camp that says this is going to be horribly confusing to people, and is another bad idea from Mr. Husted.

http://www.balloon-juice.com/...

From the Cincinnati Community Press:

Ohio’s chief elections officer proudly hails a new program under which every registered voter will receive an absentee ballot application as a step that will “turn their kitchen table into a voting booth” in this fall’s presidential election.
Now all voters have to do is make sure that their ballots don’t end up – to stick with Secretary of State Jon Husted’s analogy – going down the electoral garbage disposal.
Husted’s plan marks the first time in Ohio history that all of the state’s nearly 8 million registered voters will receive absentee applications. But as is often the case in politics, it has drawn both widespread, bipartisan praise over further easing of the voting process and concerns over potential downsides.
http://communitypress.cincinnati.com/...

Kay asks that you kindly spead the word regarding these new rules for Ohio absentee ballots.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    "Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." -Benjamin Franklin

    by hotdamn on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 12:04:54 PM PDT

  •  It is a scam by a Republican trying to give Ohio (1+ / 0-)
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    bear83

    to Mitt.

    You are damn right, you cannot trust Secretary of State Jon Husted(R).

    "We are a Plutocracy, we ought to face it. We need, desperately, to find new ways to hear independent voices & points of view" Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General.

    by Mr SeeMore on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 12:12:36 PM PDT

  •  Why don't they let voters (3+ / 0-)
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    second gen, notrouble, ZoBai

    turn in their absentee ballot at the polling place in exchange for a regular ballot? That's how they do it here...

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 12:17:22 PM PDT

  •  please consider changing the title (2+ / 0-)
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    hotdamn, ZoBai

    Whether you want a provisional ballot depends on your alternatives. I agree with these two points:

    You DO NOT want a provisional ballot if you can possibly avoid one. DO NOT submit the request for an absentee ballot unless you plan on voting absentee.
    If you did submit an absentee ballot application, you "should" receive an absentee ballot, and then of course you should cast it.

    You also want to avoid a provisional ballot if you may be registered in another precinct. Ohio may have gotten better about this, but in 2004, some counties refused to count PBs that were cast at the right polling place, but in the wrong precinct. If voters had stood in a different line, their votes would have counted.

    But many, many PBs get counted. If you have no better chance of getting your vote to count, you should take that one. (In many states, people who cast PBs in connection with voter ID laws will have to follow up to get those ballots counted.)

    Election protection: there's an app for that!
    Better Know Your Voting System with the Verifier!

    by HudsonValleyMark on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 12:27:31 PM PDT

    •  If you get a provisional ballot in Florida, I can (0+ / 0-)

      almost guarantee that it will end up in the garbage dump.
      I live in Floriduh! Our Governor Rick "Skeletor" Scott is doing everything he can, just like Jon Husted, to hand the election to Mitt.

      "We are a Plutocracy, we ought to face it. We need, desperately, to find new ways to hear independent voices & points of view" Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General.

      by Mr SeeMore on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 12:34:42 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  maybe so, but... (1+ / 0-)
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        ZoBai

        I think about Rick Scott pressuring Ion Sancho to throw out legitimate provisional ballots, and I kind of chuckle. That would make a pretty good movie scene.

        In 2010, most Florida PBs counted. Again, I would not encourage anyone to cast a PB as a first resort, but advising people that PBs are almost guaranteed to be trashed is not, in general, good advice.

        Election protection: there's an app for that!
        Better Know Your Voting System with the Verifier!

        by HudsonValleyMark on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 12:48:41 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Thanks, done. (1+ / 0-)
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      HudsonValleyMark

      "Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." -Benjamin Franklin

      by hotdamn on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 12:35:28 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  oh how horribly confusing........ n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    hotdamn
  •  I don't get why they don't allow you to take your (2+ / 0-)
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    hotdamn, Wee Mama

    absentee ballot to the poll and use it on election day if you want.

    That is the way they do it here in CA.

  •  Or before election day? We have in-person absentee (0+ / 0-)

    -voting in IA. This means you can send your absentee ballot by mail, or go to the auditor's office or a satellite voting location to get one -- and fill it out and submit it. It might be helpful to address some of these details for OH...

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