Ohio: Reports of Provisional Ballots "Handed Out Like Candy"
By Jill Miller Zimon on November 06, 2012
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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.
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:
Carrie Davis w/ League of Women Voters says there've been problems w/ ballot scanners in Summit & Cuyahoga counties. Extra machines on way— Jo Ingles (@joingles) November 6, 2012
Carrie Davis w/ League of Women Voters says provisional ballots are being handed out every time there's a question. #ohel— Jo Ingles (@joingles) November 6, 2012
Our reporters hearing of a deluge of voting problems in Cleveland. People purged from rolls and provisionals "being handed out like candy."— Henry J. Gomez (@HenryJGomez) November 6, 2012
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:
@jonathangormley We're looking into it, but reports of steady voters showing up and being told they're not registered.— Henry J. Gomez (@HenryJGomez) November 6, 2012
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.)