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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 02:39 PM
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GOP Dominated OH Supreme Court-do not count disputed provisional ballots (clearly eligible)
Ohio Supreme Court to Franklin County - do not count disputed provisional ballots
December 5 (2:42 PM)
The Ohio Supreme Court decided that Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner acted unreasonably in instructing the counties to count provisional ballots without both name and signature and those with name and/or signature in the wrong place on the form. /

Statement from SOS Brunner's office:

Dec. 5, 2008

For Immediate Release


COLUMBUS, Ohio The following statement concerning the Ohio Supreme Courts decision Friday in State ex rel. Skaggs v. Brunner may be attributed to Kevin Kidder, Media Relations Coordinator, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunners office:

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled against counting the provisional ballots of approximately 1,000 Ohioans who were clearly eligible and qualified to vote. We agree with the Supreme Courts characterization of Ohios provisional ballot laws as a quagmire of intricate and imprecisely stated requirements, including internal inconsistencies and multiple affirmations and declinations As we saw at the Ohio Election Summit and see again today, the General Assembly must thoughtfully review and update Ohios provisional ballot laws next year.

It is important to note that Secretary Brunner issued clear pre-election directives as part of her efforts to defend Ohios provisional ballot statutes in a federal court case. Those directives were subsequently incorporated into a federal court order. Nevertheless, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled against counting these provisional ballots.

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Media Contacts:

Jeff Ortega, Assistant Director of Communications, Media, 614-466-0473

Kevin Kidder, Media Relations Coordinator, 614-995-2168

The 27,000 provisional ballots held up by this litigation are very likely to trend Dem and thus favor candidate Mary Jo Kilroy in OH-15 (even without the rejected 1,000 ballots).
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 02:53 PM
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1. So Brunner told the BOEs
1) Do not give provisional ballots if the voters ID had
a different address as the one in the poll book as long
as they were registered and had an ID & utility bill

The Franklin County BOE still gave our P. Ballots

2) Brunner told the poll workers to make sure that
the voters name was printed on the envelope ....
the poll workers did not do this in some cases.

So the Supreme Court in Ohio is stopping the legit
counting of legal votes?

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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 05:09 PM
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2. Remember how concerned the OH SC was over disenfranchising GOP voters over this
GOP suit challenged Brunner's recommendation that county Boards of Election reject certain absentee-ballot applications produced by Sen. John McCain's campaign if a box was not marked?

They only care to protect GOP voters rights! :mad:

I hope (hint hint) she takes this to the SCOTUS!
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