Ohio: Reports of Provisional Ballots "Handed Out Like Candy"

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This is not the post I wanted to write about Election Day. I wanted to write about the glorious autumn day it is in Washington, D.C. I wanted to write about how I'm going to be in an NPR war room with 30 other amazing political junkies and social media devotees tonight to cover the returns.

Ohio Election Day 2012
Nov. 6, 2012 - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - A woman sits filling out her election ballot inside of the First Baptist Church of Dent. Two little girls stand by her side playing, as other voters fill out their ballots. (Credit Image: © Ernest Coleman/ZUMAPRESS.com)

But no -- I have to be a Twitter addict and look every other minute at the excellent Twitter list, Ohio Hacks and Flacks, which started producing tweets like these within the last hour or so:

And finally, even more ominous, from Henry, in response to Jonathan Gormley (previously a political director at the Ohio Republican Party), who asked if this is one voting location or several:

So now what's up? Me. That's who. I should be napping right now -- so I can be on top of my game tonight, when I'll be juggling multiple online platforms and metrics, and hopefully good news.

Instead, I'm alternately worried, angry and exasperated. Why must Ohio be like this? In fact, must any state -- Florida being another example -- be like this? (Have you heard about how a Republican candidate for the Texas congressional district had to vote provisionally because his son's absentee ballot was posted to his dad's name? They're separated by a "Sr.," so they wouldn't let the dad -- the candidate -- vote except provisionally.)

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