From Judd Legum, who’s got a picture of the provisional ballot in question:
A last-minute directive issued by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) could invalidate legal provisional ballots. Ohio is widely viewed as the most critical state for both presidential campaigns and – with some polls showing a close race – the 11th-hour move could swing the entire election.
The directive, issued Friday, lays out the requirements for submitting a provisional ballot. The directive includes a form which puts the burden on the voter to correctly record the form of ID provided to election officials. Husted also instructed election officials that if the form is not filled out correctly by a voter, the ballot should not be counted.
The AP reported Saturday that critics of Husted’s order are arguing that it would increase the likelihood of votes being discarded, which is obviously the point. The AP report also outlines the back and forth continuing between Husted and the court that is continuing.
Gov. John Kasich pronounced loudly and proudly that Mitt Romney was going to win Ohio on Fox News Channel. This possibility is rooted in Republicans doing everything they can to limit the number of voters casting ballots, particularly in minority communities, which is one way George W. Bush beat John Kerry in Ohio in 2004. But also challenging ballots and disqualifying them to game the Republican advantage.
The emergency motion filed Friday takes on Husted for putting the onus on voters filling out the section of the provisional ballot having to do with voter I.D., instead of what the court previously ordered, election officials only filling that section out.
Raw Story also points back to the affiliation of poll workers in Ohio with the Tea Party, based on a story from the Columbus Dispatch.
There’s a lot that can still go wrong for Obama and Democrats before this election is over.