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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-04-07 08:20 PM
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Study Says Ohio's Voter System Still Riddled With Problems
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Source: AP

POSTED: 1:48 pm EST December 4, 2007
UPDATED: 1:51 pm EST December 4, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A yearlong analysis of election systems in five Midwestern states found Ohio in the worst shape, still riddled with practical problems and perceptions of partisanship heading into the 2008 presidential election.

Despite reforms attempted since 2004, Ohio is "a poster child for reform," according to the study of elections processes -- from registration through vote-counting -- in Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota by researchers at Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law of processes

Report authors previewed their findings at a meeting of journalists and election officials in Chicago on Monday. A formal release of the report was to take place in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

The report recommends replacing Ohio's elected chief elections officer with a nonpartisan elections director and creating a bipartisan election administration committee to create more uniform election policies. It also proposes creating nonpartisan tribunals to resolve election disputes in lieu of the all-Republican Ohio Supreme Court.

Lingering election problems in Cuyahoga County, more than 20 outstanding election-related lawsuits, confusion caused by sudden and sometimes conflicting procedural directives, and a voter registration database that's not up to federal standards are among other problems the study identified.

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Voting Problems in Ohio? Who would've guessed. :sarcasm:
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