Skip to comments.(Ohio) Absentee-ballot policy under fire (Democrat tosses out McCain absentee ballots)
Posted on 09/11/2008 10:59:13 AM PDT by weegee
In the 2004 presidential race, Democrats cried foul when Republican Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell initially ordered that voter-registration cards be rejected if the paper used wasn't thick enough.
Now, Republican John McCain's campaign is complaining that Blackwell's successor, Democrat Jennifer Brunner, has decided that certain absentee-ballot applications should be rejected if a box on the form isn't checked.
McCain's camp is worried that potentially thousands of requests for absentee ballots will be rejected and voters forced to reapply -- if they get notice that their application wasn't accepted, said Jon Seaton, McCain's regional campaign manager.
At issue is a mailing that McCain sent last week to more than 1 million Ohioans urging them to vote early by requesting an absentee ballot. The form included space for voters to provide the required personal information.
But Brunner ordered last week that if voters do not check a box next to a statement that says, "I am a qualified elector and would like to receive an absentee ballot," the application should be rejected and the voter notified that his or her request is deficient.
Brunner, who said county elections officials had asked about the issue, argued that by not checking the box, voters would not meet a legal requirement that every request contain a statement that the person is a qualified elector.
She noted that on the state's application form, there is a statement directly above a signature line that says the applicant attests to being a qualified voter. McCain's form has that statement next to the box to be checked.
"Failure to check the box leaves both the applicant and the board of elections without verification that the applicant is a 'qualified elector,' " Brunner wrote, recommending that those voters be sent a letter with the state's form.
But Seaton, who did not suggest that partisan motives were at play, argued that the forms mailed by the campaign should be accepted as long as all other required information is provided.
He also said that similar absentee-ballot forms sent out last fall by U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, when he was running in a special election to replace the late Paul Gillmor, were accepted even if the box wasn't checked. "The form includes all the necessary requirements and has been used in past elections, so this election should be no different," Seaton said. "Qualified voters who request absentee ballots should receive them."
Brunner spokesman Jeff Ortega said no questions were raised about Latta's mailing at the time but that state law requires, among other things, both the voter's signature and a statement that the person is a qualified elector.
"This office believes the law is crystal clear on this issue," Ortega said.
If the box is not required, then disqualifying someone who did not check the box is an obvious, blatant attempt to disenfranchise those voters. This woman should be fired.
Dems are going to do anything they can to try to win Ohio. No matter how low handed. They tried to cheat in our Ohio election in 2004. But Ken Blackwell stood against them and kept our election process clean.
Where is Blackwell now?
And funny how we get accused of trying to steal an election. We only steal it when we win I guess!
Back home in Cincinnati I think.
Now we see how important it is for voters not to get mad at a Republican Governor like Taft, stay home, and allow a Dem to become Governor. Maybe someday people will get it through their brains that we need Republican Governors and quit this crap of staying home or voting for a Dem if they don’t like the GOP candidate because there are consequences like what we are seeing with a Dem Secretary of State.
This means that in Ohio we need more votes then ever for Sen McCain to make sure we can defeat the Dem election tactics.
With all the Rat vote fraud in the last 80 plus years, you would think that the Republicans would have learned how to play the game by now.
If the box stating the person is an eligible elector or qualified voter is not checked, Brunner said, the application is no good.
Even though the box is unneeded, by not checking it voters are essentially admitting theyre not eligible, Brunner said.
Brunner was elected in 2006 on a campaign encouraging fewer restrictions on voters
The state has a well designed form, and the McCain camp made theirs unnecessarily more complicated and created this problem where if the box isn't checked, the request for a ballot doesn't meet the legal requirements.
It's a stupid mistake by the McCain campaign in an important swing state they can't afford to lose.
However, it really isn't unreasonable for the Secretary of State to reject those requests for absentee ballots, and if Blackwell were still Secretary of State he probably would have rejected them. He successfully fought both the Democrats and Republicans in court when they tried to bend elections laws.
The McCain camp better do it's best to get word out that if people didn't check the box on their form, they need to submit another request for absentee ballots.
He's a good man, if a bit strict on following the letter of the law where elections are concerned. Hopefully he will run for office again.
And so the voter fraud begins - by the democrats, as always.
If the article is correct McCain’s people made a $440,000 dollar mistake by putting a box to check where it is not needed.
I just looked at my application for a ballot for Ohio and there is no box to check. The ballot request requires phone number, last 4 digits of SSN or drivers license number, date of birth, and signature.
Seems to me if someone furnishes all of the requested info., they should receive a ballot.
My ballot request came from the Franklin County Board of Elections.
How can anyone tell if the receipient of the absentee ballot will vote Democrat or Republican?
My brother relayed this story to me a couple of years ago.
He and his family had moved to San Francisco and he mailed in a voter registration card with "Republican" listed as party affiliation.
No card arrived after a couple of weeks, so he applied again - again marking "Republican" as his affiliation.
Again, no card in the mail.
Once more, he sent in his card marked "Republican". Two weeks went by with no card.
Then he sent in a voter registration card with "Democrat" listed as party affiliation.
He had his card in four days.
They can't; however, if the McCain Campaign sends out the forms, they are pretty sure the recipients are going to overwhelmingly vote for him.
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