We didn’t need this for the 2012 election, but we might have:
A federal court judge sided Tuesday with a homeless coalition and said Ohio must count provisional ballots cast on Nov. 6 that lack or contain incomplete voter identification information.Secretary of State Jon Husted promptly said his office would appeal the ruling to the Cincinnati-based U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
On Saturday, county boards of elections will begin to count roughly 200,000 provisional ballots, the ballots of last resort cast on Election Day by voters whose eligibility was in question for a variety of reasons. Voters are given 10 days after the election to correct, if possible, the problem with the ballot.
The official count must be completed by Nov. 27.
At issue in the lawsuit was a section of the form that Mr. Husted released as part of the directive that ordered elections boards to reject provisional ballots that are incomplete, and required the voter, rather than the poll worker, to record the form of ID being used, said Subodh Chandra, one of the lawyers who filed the motion.
U.S. District Court Judge Algenon Marbley ruled Tuesday that the last-minute voting directive issued the Friday before the election was confusing and unfair to voters and violated a previous decree that made poll workers responsible for that information, as well as Ohio and constitutional law.
I wrote about Subodh Chandra here, back in 2010.
I’m wondering how Republicans will square their new interest in attracting younger and browner voters with the voter fraud industry they’ve built. What happens to the voter fraud media celebrities like John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky if Republicans make a serious effort to court the same group of voters Fund, Spakovsky and others smear almost daily?
True the Vote was a huge, over-hyped flop in Ohio, they weren’t even allowed into Ohio polling places because they didn’t manage to complete the credentialing process by election day. Contrast that with the huge volunteer voter protection effort by liberals and Democrats that we’ve had in place in Ohio for the last 4 cycles that has operated almost completely under national media radar. Maybe True the Vote should have spent less time holding conventions where conservative celebrities were paid to appear and more time learning the rules for polling place observers in Ohio and other swing states.
Republicans have spent ten years and millions of dollars promoting bogus claims of voter impersonation fraud, they have an entire cadre of media celebrities who push voter fraud, and now they have to attract the same groups of voters those same media celebrities insult and smear. Be interesting to see how they pull that off.