Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Today In Disgusting: Ohio Poll Workers Can Now Refuse To Tell You Where You Can Vote

The GOP war on your most sacred American rights (to include your right to decide what to do with your body) continues in Ohio, as last week a voter rights overhaul was passed, thankfully without voter ID restrictions.  However, a widely overlooked rewrite of one important rule was slipped in and did make the final vote.  In essence: if you're confused as to what poll location you should go to in order to cast your ballot, the people running the facilities are under zero obligation to tell you where to go.

This is alarming, as laxity on this key problem could lead to increased voter suppression.  If you're black and more likely to vote for Barack Obama?  A poll worker with Republican leanings really doesn't have to facilitate you actually casting your ballot.  State Sen. Nina Turner (D) attributes the invalidation of 14,000 votes in 2008 to people merely voting in the wrong precincts.

"[T]he second most common reason the ballot was not counted was because while the person was properly registered to vote in Ohio, they cast the ballot in the wrong county or precinct. In all, 14,335 such ballots were not counted for this reason, according to the Brunner report.

"Of those 14,000-plus ballots, 3,423 were cast in Cuyahoga County, home to Turner’s district and by far the county with the most uncounted provisional ballots during the November 2008 elections due to wrong place filings."

Ohio is a very important key state in every election, so whenever this kind of fuckery happens in the Buckeye State I die a little on the inside.  

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