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Ohio Voting Count 'Nightmare' Looms
Newsmax.com ^ | David A. Patten and Jim Meyers

Posted on 11/01/2012 12:17:45 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy

With the presidential election expected to hinge on Ohio, the state’s former secretary of state, GOP stalwart Kenneth Blackwell, is warning that a little-known change in the Buckeye State’s absentee-ballot process could lead to a “nightmare scenario.”

And that scenario could force the entire country to wait 10 days after the election to find out who will be the next president of the United States. It’s a complicated situation, to say the least, but one that could have a far-reaching impact on the Nov. 6 election process.

For the first time in the key swing state’s history, Blackwell says, virtually all Ohio voters this year were mailed an application for an absentee ballot. In previous elections, most Ohio voters had to request an application for an absentee ballot to receive one.

The concern is that thousands of Ohio voters may complete the absentee-ballot application and receive an absentee ballot, but not bother to complete and mail in the ballot.

Anyone who is sent an absentee ballot — including those who do not complete it and mail it in — and later shows up at the polls on Election Day to cast their ballot in person will be instructed to instead complete a provisional ballot.

And under Ohio election law, provisional ballots cannot be opened until 10 days after an election.

“I would just say that this is a potential nightmare-in-waiting,” says Blackwell.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: election; ohio; voting

1 posted on 11/01/2012 12:17:50 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy
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To: Bubba_Leroy

How convenient. This is truly scary unless Romney has so many electoral votes, this won’t matter.


2 posted on 11/01/2012 12:19:20 PM PDT by mia
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To: Bubba_Leroy

If true, then what hair brain or probably sneaky democrat pushed that election provision through.

B@stards all of them!


3 posted on 11/01/2012 12:21:00 PM PDT by poobear (Socialism, in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Seriously Ohio, I really don’t think this will be close and i really don’t think we will need you. I honestly think it is likely we have PA, MI, WI, NH, IA, CO, NC, FL, VA, NV. I expect we will have EV to spare so take all the time you need, as you won’t count anyway.


4 posted on 11/01/2012 12:21:31 PM PDT by rigelkentaurus
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Well, we’ll let Ohio freak out over its provisional ballots while the election is already won by Romney taking a bunch of other toss-ups and leaners.


5 posted on 11/01/2012 12:22:41 PM PDT by verum ago (Some people must truly be in love, for only love can be so blind.)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

aaaand there’s the November surprise.


6 posted on 11/01/2012 12:24:15 PM PDT by Ol' Sox
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To: mia

How the Republican Governor and other Republicans allowed this to happen is beyond me. I guess Ohio is become the crazy state that was Florida. Florida certainly has it’s act together.


7 posted on 11/01/2012 12:28:13 PM PDT by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Bubba_Leroy

ah.....vote twice and often....


8 posted on 11/01/2012 12:29:01 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

This is total bull shit and should not be allowed.


9 posted on 11/01/2012 12:30:49 PM PDT by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: rigelkentaurus

we have PA, MI, WI, NH, IA, CO, NC, FL, VA, NV.

I think we will have FL, VA, IA and NC. NV, PA, MI and WI are no way voting for Romney enough to win. This WHOLE election will come down to CO which I have been saying for a long time.


10 posted on 11/01/2012 12:31:03 PM PDT by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Bubba_Leroy

There are 10’s of thousands of “D” ballots at the ready, to be dumped if necessary, and will reverse a Romney win, and/or, tie it up in Courts ad infinitum (think Franken in MN). Unions and the ACORN folks in OH are not above ANYTHING when it comes to vote fraud, especially in Cuyahoga County.


11 posted on 11/01/2012 12:34:27 PM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

I also don’t trust postal workers to return ballots from Republican areas. Republicans should vote in person, not count on postal workers to get their vote in.


12 posted on 11/01/2012 12:35:16 PM PDT by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: rigelkentaurus

I disagree. I want Ohio.. and badly.


13 posted on 11/01/2012 12:40:34 PM PDT by HenryArmitage (it was not meant that we should voyage far.)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

Our system is not trustworthy anymore.


14 posted on 11/01/2012 12:43:14 PM PDT by hillarys cankles
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

I doubt many postal workers would be tempted to commit Mail Fraud for The Disaster.


15 posted on 11/01/2012 12:49:35 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: rigelkentaurus

not likely.


16 posted on 11/01/2012 1:12:05 PM PDT by RC one
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To: arrogantsob
I doubt many postal workers would be tempted to commit Mail Fraud for The Disaster.

Lets see.. The GOP has openly stated that given a majority, they would privatize the Post Office in a heartbeat!

Further, the PO is totally out of funds to pay for the union contracts for their retirees, and the GOP wants to forse the union to change the union agreements to reflect reality, thus lower the pay and retirement agreements..

17 posted on 11/01/2012 1:13:14 PM PDT by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

This is a good change. We have something similar in VA. It stops people from voting twice. In the past all someone had to do is say they have changed their mind and were not voting AB. They would come in and vote and just sign a statement to that effect. The vote was cast immediately, which makes it impossible to undo. Then the AB ballot could be sent in and there could be a problem in resolving the two.


18 posted on 11/01/2012 1:25:42 PM PDT by kabar
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To: poobear

No this a Rep measure to prevent voter fraud.


19 posted on 11/01/2012 1:27:43 PM PDT by kabar
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To: poobear

Not to worry. Many of us didn’t ask for an absentee ballot. We prefer to go to the polls. Rest easy - Rommey will take Ohio. This state only went for obama in ‘08 because McCain was a lousy candidate. Mitt isn’t.


20 posted on 11/01/2012 1:29:17 PM PDT by Catsrus (WANT)
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To: Catsrus

I meant to say - many of us didn’t fill out or request an absentee ballot. We’ve always had provisional ballots - yes, even in ‘08 and it didn’t make much difference. I don’t know why this article says this is a new thing - because it isn’t.


21 posted on 11/01/2012 1:31:23 PM PDT by Catsrus (WANT)
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To: Catsrus

According to the article, the only thing new is the mailing of the application to every voter in the state.


22 posted on 11/01/2012 1:33:47 PM PDT by kabar
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To: poobear
Ohio's current republican Secretary of State, Jon Husted, did this. Nobody knows why. I heard him in a PSA the other day, he sounds like a total insipid pinhead. There was a previous issue about early voting hours that was resolved by a court, but the deicision didn't require this insane blanket mailing.
23 posted on 11/01/2012 1:43:50 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: HenryArmitage

We’ll get Ohio, but it if it comes later, it’s not going to matter.

This is going to be an early call for Romney on election night at about 12:00 a.m. EST, and my wife and I will have a pie and champagne on ice, ready to celebrate. Mark my words...


24 posted on 11/01/2012 2:02:33 PM PDT by diamond6 (Freerepublic.com and Hillbuzz.org are my go to sites for conservative news.)
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To: diamond6

Okay, you replied to me and mentioned pie. If it has Strawberry or Rhubarb in it and you hear a tapping at your door at 12 a.m. EST, it is not a prowler, it is Armitage and he is hungry. So either toss me a slice or give me a warning shot before you aim the second time. :)


25 posted on 11/01/2012 2:05:55 PM PDT by HenryArmitage (it was not meant that we should voyage far.)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

Husted the Ohio (R) SoS was on CNBC this morning and said that mail in voters can demand that their ballot receipt be verified at their precinct.

I’d recommend that if any Ohio folks are nervous about the postal service, go ahead and take this step.


26 posted on 11/01/2012 2:09:35 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

It boggles my mind that we have taken something that should be so simple: paper ballot, two names, check one, tally. and turned it into the most complicated and fraud vulnerable thing imaginable....


27 posted on 11/01/2012 2:18:42 PM PDT by Shamrock498
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To: HenryArmitage
Okay, you replied to me and mentioned pie. If it has Strawberry or Rhubarb in it and you hear a tapping at your door at 12 a.m. EST, it is not a prowler, it is Armitage and he is hungry. So either toss me a slice or give me a warning shot before you aim the second time. :)

Ha, ha, ha.

If you're in California, you're welcome to the party. :-)

28 posted on 11/01/2012 2:19:35 PM PDT by diamond6 (Freerepublic.com and Hillbuzz.org are my go to sites for conservative news.)
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To: Catsrus

Is voter fraud being committed in Ohio? - Conservative News

I’m no longer surprised, but it is disgusting to the core.

http://www.humanevents.com/2012/10/26/is-voter-fraud-being-committed-in-ohio/


29 posted on 11/01/2012 4:09:24 PM PDT by AlanGreenSpam (Obama: The First 'American IDOL' President - sponsored by Chicago NeoCom Thugs)
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To: kabar; Catsrus; hinckley buzzard

Alright guys, I’m counting on your positive input. This ol’ voter is getting anxious. These days I don’t put anything past anybody! Rat b@stards!


30 posted on 11/01/2012 4:36:43 PM PDT by poobear (Socialism, in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: rigelkentaurus; napscoordinator
I honestly think it is likely we have PA, MI, WI, NH, IA, CO, NC, FL, VA, NV.

Gotta disagree.

The only likely's here are NC, FL and WI (I say WI because I can't believe that state went thru all that crap over Walker only to hand themselves over to the Marxists).

VA and CO are looking good, but not in the bag, at all.

PA... I'll believe when I see it. We have a better shot at OH than IA, NH, or MI. My humble opinion.

31 posted on 11/01/2012 4:45:08 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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