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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-24-06 01:31 PM
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Study of Provisionals in Cleveland
Edited on Tue Jan-24-06 01:34 PM by mod mom
From a recent Cleveland study on 04:


Almost 1,000 provisional ballots may have been wrongfully rejected because of registration problems alone. At least 944 rejected provisional ballots, mostly classified as not registered, were apparently mistakenly purged from the registration lists. Since this error was detected by only one type of search, which did not detect other voters who claimed similar errors, the true number of provisional ballots wrongfully rejected is likely to be higher.

We estimate that 2 out of every 5 provisional ballots that were rejected should have been accepted as legitimate. If we combine incorrectly purged provisional votes, projected votes rejected because of initial registration errors, provisional ballots lost through polling place misinformation and innocent errors filling out the provisional application, it appears that over 41% of rejected provisional ballots (or 14% of all provisional votes) may have been unnecessarily rejected.

We estimate that simply changing residence exposes voters to a 6% chance of being disenfranchised. Youth, the poor, and minorities are disproportionately affected. In fact, with respect to just provisional ballots, we found a two-fold increase in rejection rate in predominantly African-American compared to predominantly Caucasian precincts.

Full text: http://www.clevelandvotes.org/news/reports/summary.html

from Feb 2005-but important, in case you missed it.
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riqster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-24-06 01:34 PM
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1. IIRC...
Cuyahoga made a number of changes to how they validated provisionals, to say nothing of mysterious losses of voter records during the conversion to Diebold in 2004....
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Febble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-24-06 01:36 PM
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2. Yess!
This study needed doing. Thanks for posting.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-24-06 08:55 PM
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3. kick
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kster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-24-06 09:17 PM
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4. K&R....nt
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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-24-06 10:38 PM
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5. They made sure that all the "margins for error" benefited them.
The rudimentary computer crime, where someone diverts all the fractions of $.01 to a hidden account.
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minvis Donating Member (334 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-24-06 11:25 PM
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6. I hate to bring up exit polls, but....
Did exit pollers ask if people they were interviewing had filled out provisional ballots? If not, is it possible that some of the abberation between exit poll results and the "count" could be due to people voting for Kerry on provisional ballots that ended up not being counted.

Just asking?
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Febble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-25-06 05:09 AM
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9. No they didn't, I'm sure it could
and it probably did.
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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-24-06 11:27 PM
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7. K&R.
Peace.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-25-06 03:39 AM
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8. kick
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