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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-29-09 12:58 PM
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You'll love this-Republican OH Senator says integrity of OH voting was shaken IN 2008:
12/29/2009 9:02:00 AM
*Integrity, transparency of elections critical*
*Ohio Senate*

The heart of our democracy is the right to vote: the opportunity to
elect our leaders, influence major policy issues and have a voice in the
direction of this country, the state and our local communities. All
Americans should be able to exercise this right as part of a fair and
transparent process.

In the months leading up to the November 2008 General Election, however,
the integrity of Ohio's voting system was shaken by reports of
potentially-phony voter registrations and cases of voters casting more
than one ballot. These stories raised concerns that our state's election
laws were vulnerable to fraud and were creating confusion for voters and
local election officials.

While it was overshadowed by the heated debate over how to fix an $851
million hole in the state's education budget, the Ohio Senate took an
important step earlier this month to address these concerns and promote
greater fairness and transparency in our state's election system. On
Dec. 9, my colleagues and I approved Senate Bill 8, legislation that
would make several reforms to Ohio's election procedures to streamline
early-voting rules, f*acilitate the sharing of voter registration
mismatches between the Ohio Secretary of State and county election
officials* and make it easier for the thousands of brave Ohioans who are
serving our country overseas to have a voice in electing their leaders
back home.

The primary tenets of SB 8 are modeled after legislation that the Senate
passed last December but was vetoed by Governor Strickland. That bill
was endorsed by the bipartisan Ohio Association of Election Officials.

SB 8 would eliminate a controversial and confusing five-day overlap
between the start of early voting and the voter registration deadline,
known as "Golden Week," which enabled unregistered voters to sign up and
cast an absentee ballot in the same day. In-person absentee voting,
which currently begins 35 days before an election, would instead start
20 days prior to Election Day. Absentee voting by mail would begin 28
days before the election.

However, to ease concerns about longer lines at the polls, SB 8 would
authorize local boards of election to establish up to three,
geographically-diverse, early voting locations within each county. These
sites would have to be agreed to by a majority of the four members from
each county elections board.

Also, in the interest of transparency, the bill would allow bipartisan
observers to be present during in-person absentee voting. This provision
codifies an earlier ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Looking to strengthen protections against voter fraud, SB 8 works to
clarify current Ohio law by requiring that voters complete all five
fields on their absentee ballot identification envelopes. This includes
their name, address, date of birth, signature and either the last four
digits of their Social Security number, driver's license number or a
copy of one of several other forms of identification. However, the bill
would direct boards of election to notify a voter by mail or telephone
of any mistakes and give them an opportunity to correct it.

Last year, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner issued a directive that
required an absentee voter to only complete three of the five fields on
their ballot envelope for the vote to be counted. Under this rule, the
voter's address and date of birth were no longer required.

Further, SB 8 would direct the secretary and the registrar of motor
vehicles to enter into an agreement to match information in the state's
voter registration database with motor vehicle records, and then share
any mismatches with county election officials. In the weeks leading up
to Election Day in 2008, the secretary announced that thousands of new
voters appeared to have driver's license numbers or Social Security
Numbers that did not match the information they submitted on their voter
registration forms.

However, when pressed to share this information with local boards of
election, the secretary argued that relevant state laws did not
authorize her to share mismatches in her office's voter registration

SB 8 was also amended during debate and discussion in the Senate State &
Local Government & Veterans Affairs Committee to ensure Ohio is in
compliance with the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act,
which is designed to help the men and women in our nation's armed forces
and other overseas voters register to vote and have their absentee
ballots cast and counted. For instance, SB 8 would allow military and
overseas voters from Ohio to apply and return voter registrations
electronically to the Secretary of State's office and absentee ballots
for these voters would be available 45 days prior to Election Day.

The Ohio House also recently approved their own election reform bill,
which includes many of the same provisions as SB 8. It is critical that
we work together in the coming months to build off these shared goals,
compromise on our differences and approve a bill that helps to
strengthen the integrity of our elections system, improve voter
confidence and give every Ohioan the opportunity to exercise their right
to vote as part of a fair and transparent process.

I welcome your views on other state issues. If you have any questions,
thoughts or concerns, or if you need assistance working with a state
government agency, please write to me: Senator John A. Carey, Ohio
Senate, Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio 43215 or call my office at (614)
466-8156. I also encourage you to visit my page on the new Ohio Senate
Web site at

Sen. John Carey, R-Wellston, represents Ohio's 17th Senate District.

Posted in full since it was a piece by an OH Senator asking for views. Funny how he had no problem with Blackwell's stealing of the '04 but instead attempted to place unfounded charges of Jennifer Brunner OH SOS who is a Democrat.
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left coaster Donating Member (938 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-29-09 01:04 PM
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1. Mike Connell can certainly shed more light on that hinky '04 election stuff..
Oh, that's right.. he was murdered.. oops, did I type "murdered"? I meant to type, "killed in a plane crash".
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quiet.american Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-29-09 01:10 PM
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2. Mod mom - you couldn't be more right. And Jennifer Brunner rocked during '08.
Every single day in the fall of '08, it seemed, there were reports coming in of how the GOP was seeking to duplicate its 2004 playbook of "What Went Wrong in Ohio." I recall hearing reports of how Brunner was going toe-to-toe with them through the courts -- and winning. Karl Rove's speechless face on election night upon being told Obama had just won Ohio was worth every ounce of sweat Brunner put into defeating the GOP's garbage. Talk about priceless!

Now, here they go again.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-29-09 02:16 PM
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3. They were unable to tamper with the 08 Ohio election
and it pisses them off.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 07:27 AM
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4. Bob Ney (R-Cellblock 9) can certainly shed more light on that hinky '04 election stuff.
Edited on Wed Dec-30-09 07:28 AM by Fly by night
... but the "father" of HAVA (Hack-A-Vote Act) may have to get permission from his federal Bureau of Prisons parole officer first.

To paraphrase the first Democrat (Jesus):

"What does it profit a political party to steal its elections and lose its country?"
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-30-09 07:39 PM
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5. Actually, Ney is a radio show host:
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio Former Ohio congressman Bob Ney (nay) has started a new talk radio show, eight months after finishing his sentence in a public corruption scandal.

Ney's show debuted Monday afternoon on WVLY-AM 1370 in Wheeling, W.Va., which also serves eastern Ohio. He discussed the pirate hostage crisis, the economy and the Obamas' new dog.

In a video posted on the station's Web site, Ney says he expects some negative feedback from listeners because of his conviction in a congressional bribery case.

The six-term Republican resigned after acknowledging in a 2006 plea that he traded political favors for gifts and campaign donations arranged by lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his associates.

Ney was released in August from a Cincinnati halfway house.

I would love if some enterprising reporter would ask Ney about the election as well as his connections w Iran:

February 26, 2007
Ex-Congressional Aide: Karl Rove Personally Received (And Ignored) Iranian Peace Offer in 2003
As Seymour Hersh reports the Pentagon has created a special panel to plan a bombing attack on Iran, we examine how the Bush administration ignored a secret offer to negotiate with Iran in 2003. We speak with the National Iranian American Councils Trita Parsi, a former aide to Republican congressman Bob Ney.


He won't spill the beans, especially after Mike Connell. I heard a long time ago he had CIA ties (why would a small town Ohio boy speak fluent Farsi?)
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