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Top Story: The Katherine Harris of Ohio that Could Cost Obama the Election

ANYONE WHO remembers 2000 knows the importance of Ohio’s Secretary of State Jon Husted’s actions, as well as their intent.

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.

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24 Responses to Top Story: The Katherine Harris of Ohio that Could Cost Obama the Election

  1. mjsmith November 4, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    Is this what the Obama campaign is reduced to? Disputing poll results? Each state makes their own election laws and each state is responsible for running their own elections. We have to respect that.

    Why does the democrat party insist that people who vote for them are too stupid and irresponsible to have proper ID?

    • secularhumanizinevoluter November 4, 2012 at 8:38 am #

      1.”Is this what the Obama campaign is reduced to? Disputing poll results?”

      Oh sweet baby Jeebus onna pogo stick….so this repugnantklan/teabaggin assmonkey breaking HIS OWN STATES LAW and committing voting FRAUD to try to help Mitt da Twit and Lyin Ryan is to your head up your own ass way of thinking ” Disputing poll results?” ?!!!!!!!!!
      Well number one Ms. to dumb for zombies to even conSIDER eating that rotting lump of cabbage that passes for your brain….The election hasn’t been held yet…so the Democratic Party is NOT ” Disputing poll results?” They are pointing out VOTING FRAUD.

      2.” Each state makes their own election laws and each state is responsible for running their own elections. We have to respect that.”

      Even accepting that each state is responsible for running their own election and as long as the election laws are CONSTITUTIONAL they REQUIRED to carry them out…what this criminal assmonkey is ordering people to BREAK OHIO’S ELECTION LAWS.

      3.”Why does the democrat party insist that people who vote for them are too stupid and irresponsible to have proper ID?”

      Why does the repugnantklan/teabagger/UBERChristian Partry insist that the only way they can win an election is to break election laws and unconstitutionally deny people their RIGHT to vote?
      Maybe you should just get in a Chinese built Jeep and drive off a cliff along with Mitt da Twit and Lyin Ryan?

      • mjsmith November 4, 2012 at 9:08 am #

        can someone translate this for me?

        • secularhumanizinevoluter November 5, 2012 at 6:15 am #

          No mjsmith…it would take more then one or two syllable words so no…no one can dumb it down enough for you to understand it.

    • jjamele November 4, 2012 at 8:47 am #

      Actually, Sean Hannity made a passing, throw-away reference to “crooked voting machines” during an interview with Gov Kasich the other day, so it sounds like both sides are getting ready to pull a sore-loser if things don’t go their way on Tuesday.

      And like most people who spend all their time watching Fox and listening to right wing radio (that “democrat party” didn’t come naturally, sorry) you don’t get the basic point- in a Democracy, what exactly is “proper ID.” The answer: Depends on what state you live in. There are fifty laws concerning what is “proper ID.” Personally, I think “proper ID” is a phrase that belongs in Nazi Germany. The right to vote is not like the right to buy a six-pack or get on a plane. It’s SACRED.

      “Each state makes their own election laws and each state is responsible for running their own elections. We have to respect it.” No, not really. The Constitution empowers the Federal Government to ensure that each state has a Republican Form of Government. That means (or at least, has meant since the 1960s) that states can’t arbitrarily put up unreasonable roadblocks to participation. Asking seniors, the poor who don’t own cars to have “proper ID” may legitimately be labeled an unreasonable roadblock. The idea that anyone would risk years in a federal pen to cast a fraudulent vote is absurd on it’s face, yet your “news” sources would love to convince us that it’s a common occurrence, and use that paranoia to steal the franchise from people who vote in a way which displeases you. Just be honest about the intent, and cut the “only the irresponsible don’t have an ID” crap.

      • secularhumanizinevoluter November 4, 2012 at 9:03 am #

        ” Just be honest about the intent, and cut the “only the irresponsible don’t have an ID” crap.”

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

      • mjsmith November 4, 2012 at 9:08 am #

        I get my news from all sources. I listen to NPR on the radio mainly. I also listen to WPFW and I even know a member of the “Raucous Caucus”. I do listen to some “right-wing” shows too. I do not care for Sean Hannity because I just can’t stand his voice, after 30 seconds I have to turn him off.

        On tv I do watch Fox. I also watch MSNBC and local news as well. I watch all the shows on Sunday or listen to the Sunday shows on CSPAN.

        I also talk to people who do not get involved so deep in politics and listen to what they have to say.

        To equate reasonable Voter ID laws with nazi germany or as some sort of racist poll tax is absurd.

        • Taylor Marsh November 4, 2012 at 9:44 am #

          Yeah, rule number one in politics is that if you’re invoking the Nazis you’ve lost the argument.

          • ladywalker68 November 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

            Thanks for the post Taylor and I totally agree with your comment about invoking the Nazis.

          • jjamele November 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

            Well, it’s a pretty stupid rule when the shoe fits. We don’t live in a country in which we expect the police can arbitrarily ask people for their “papers,” why should do we want to live in a country where you can’t exercise your sacred franchise unless you have them?

  2. T-Steel November 4, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    11th hour changes are always shady until proven otherwise. But I want the electoral college burned at the stake so if any of these “initiative” successfully harm a candidate, fine with me. It seems we need mess to even to take a glance at the mess. So I’m rooting for your success Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R). May you actions work so we can work to eliminate you and others un-American voter practices.

  3. TPAZ November 4, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Many people agree that the electoral college be abolished but very few people talk about making voting mandatory. Jury duty is a required act of good citizenship, voting should be too.

    Ah, Katherine Harris; handing chads, dimples, SCOTUS, recounts, Brooks Brothers riot, the theft and end of democracy in the US, the memories come flooding back like your favorite Bordeaux’s bouquet on a chilly fall evening.

    Once upon a time there was a tavern
    Where we used to raise a glass or two
    Remember how we laughed away the hours
    And dreamed of all the great things we would do

    Those were the days my friend
    We thought they’d never end
    We’d sing and dance forever and a day
    We’d live the life we choose
    We’d fight and never lose
    For we were young and sure to have our way.
    La la la la…
    Those were the days, oh yes those were the days

    Then the busy years went rushing by us
    We lost our starry notions on the way
    If by chance I’d see you in the tavern
    We’d smile at one another and we’d say

    Those were the days my friend
    We thought they’d never end
    We’d sing and dance forever and a day
    We’d live the life we choose
    We’d fight and never lose
    For we were young and sure to have our way.
    La la la la…
    Those were the days, oh yes those were the days

    • Taylor Marsh November 4, 2012 at 10:33 am #

      Hey, I’d also love to see Election Day a national holiday. That would be a must if mandatory voting was implemented.

      • TPAZ November 4, 2012 at 10:43 am #

        Good job.

      • T-Steel November 4, 2012 at 11:21 am #

        Mandatory , eh? Don’t have a problem with that. And it would really fuel the elimination of the electoral college since we counting EVERY OF AGE VOTING CITIZEN. Yeah! :)

      • ladywalker68 November 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

        Agree about Election Day as a national holiday. But why do I think this would cause many heads to explode among Republicans???

        • PeggySue November 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

          I agree–Republican heads would definitely explode. I have real problems with the Democratic Party these days but we shouldn’t kid ourselves–the GOP has spent considerable energy and funds over the last three elections in suppressing the vote, not expanding it. All this razzle-dazzle on voter ID and satellite organizations like True Vote are simply attempts to make voting more difficult and change the ultimate result–to Republican favor. The demographics are changing. The GOP knows it as well as everyone without their heads buried in the sand.

          I didn’t vote for Obama in 2008 or this year. However, all the signs are pointing to his reelection. Nate Silver’s number jumped to 85% probability this morning. There are legions of lawyers in Ohio ready to pounce on any voting irregularities. I gotta believe that will make a difference from the debacle we all witnessed in 2000.

          But I also agree with TM in the upthread post: even with a win Obama is going to be the object of a GOP witch hunt, akin to Clinton’s near takedown. That’s something the Republican’s excel at and seem to enjoy doing. It may be Benghazi-related or something else. But I have no doubt, they’ll find a club and won’t be shy in wielding it viciously, even to the detriment of the country.

          Interesting times!

  4. fangio November 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    If state officials can now engage in any sort of criminal activity to subvert an election, why don’t we just go back to the Articles of Confederation?

  5. jjamele November 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    Mandatory voting is a disgraceful, TERRIBLE idea. It’s essentially putting a gun to people’s heads and telling them that they MUST endorse the candidates handed to us From Above.

    Choosing not to participate in a rigged election (which elections where only the Republicans and the Democrats were given any media coverage are) is an honorable form of protest. Seriously, I worry about you guys sometimes. Making voting mandatory is one step away from making party membership mandatory. I know how you feel about Nazi comparisons, so I won’t use one here- but I don’t think you’ve thought this through at all.

    I can see it now- “I don’t like any of the candidates, I don’t agree with them.” “Tough- go vote for one of them anyway, it’s your sacred duty- AND a legal requirement.” PASS!!!!

    • angels81 November 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

      I’ll be damned, but I agree 100% with what you said. Its a terrible idea to make voting mandatory, the next step will be everybody will have to take a loyalty oath to the government after there forced vote.

    • TPAZ November 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

      Mandatory voting would blow up the two-party system that is currently screwing the US voter again and again with corporate shills. In 2008, the voting-age population rate was 56.9%. That meant 4 out of 10 voters would have put third, fourth, and fifth party candidates in play. The argument about “wasting” your vote on someone other than a Democrat or Republican would disappear. If you hate mandatory voting then you love and support the two-party system.

      • jjamele November 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

        There is NO logic to your last sentence. Mandatory voting would NOT lead to successful third or fourth or fifth parties- why would it? Being forced to vote doesn’t mean being forced to become informed, and it doesnt force the media to pay attention to candidates outside the Duopoly. All it means is that you are forcing angry, resentful people with little interest and little knowledge in the campaign- or, like me, people who don’t want to endorse any of the candidates with a vote- into the voting booths. It makes NO SENSE.

        “If you hate mandatory voting then you love and support the two-party system.” Seriously, that might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever read at this site. Please explain to me how forcing someone to cast a vote does ANYTHING to harm the two-party system. Pretty stupid.

        • TPAZ November 4, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

          You and your logic make no sense or else why does voter suppression exists and work?

          You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.

          • jjamele November 5, 2012 at 7:37 am #

            Your answer to voter suppression is mandatory voting? Seriously?

            At least, I think that’s what your post says. Maybe you’d like to translate your first sentence into English. As to your second one- congrats on managing to type out an ancient Lincoln quote. What it has to do with anything we’ve been posting here, I have no idea.

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