Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and his Republican thugs are trying to steal this election. He is suppressing legal votes any way he can. He gave a new directive Friday evening that could toss out thousands of legal provisional ballots. This slimeball has been pulling out all the stops to make sure that fellow Republican Mitt Romney wins this important state. It's disgraceful!
Husted already cut the number of early voting days in Ohio. In this election year there were 9 fewer earlier voting days than in 2008. And of those early voting days this year, only one weekend was provided for working class voters to have their vote counted. In Cuyahoga county alone, the number of early votes counted is 17,762 fewer than in 2008.
Just to get that one weekend, Democrats had to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court! Republicans wanted to make the polls open this weekend to military voters only. What an absurd request. If the polls are open, they are open to all. Just another lame attempt by Republicans to quiet the 47 percent that Mitt Romney doesn't care about. He doesn't care if they can feed their families but he cares enough to keep them away from the polls. Sorry, Mitt, you can send their jobs to China but you can't send their votes away.
Husted's latest trick is in violation of Ohio law. Specifically, Ohio Rev. Code Â§ 3505.181(B)(6) which states that "the appropriate local election official" verifies that the proper identification is provided when casting a provisional ballot. Husted's directive puts that burden on the voter. In his new order given at 6 p.m. on Friday, "the Secretary is now ordering that county boards of election must reject provisional ballots when the identification information contained in Step 2 of the ballot affirmation form 12-B is incomplete."
Step 2 requires you to enter the last four digits of your social security number or your entire driver's license number. The third option is to show the precinct worker an additional form of ID such as your military ID card or a current utility bill.
Provisional ballots aren't counted until November 17. If the election is as close as the pundits are saying, the provisional ballots could affect the outcome of the election.
The provisional ballot is a right provided by Help America Vote Act of 2002. If your name doesn't appear on the list at your precinct or your name is misspelled or if you don't have an acceptable form of ID, you may cast a provisional ballot instead of being turned away without your vote being counted.
Jon Husted is just another dirty Republican doing everything he can to sabotage progress. Here's hoping that Ohio goes solid Obama BLUE!
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