“Glitch” in Ohio Secretary of State’s Office Could Affect Thousands of Voter Registrations

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 12:14 pm

Close elections like this always expose the unseemly lack of competence in our federal elections, the main decisions of which are left up to partisan elected officials in the states. This Jon Husted guy in Ohio is starting to make past Republican Secretaries of State like Katherine Harris and Ken Blackwell look like, well, the [...]

Appeals Court Stays Ruling, Potentially Allowing Ohio to Disenfranchise Voters Because of Poll Worker Error

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 6:13 am

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted may get his wish of disenfranchisement after all. A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday placed a stay on a lower court ruling that would allow voter disenfranchisement based on poll worker error. The panel, all appointed by either Bush 41 or Bush 43, ruled [...]

Hard-Working Vote Suppressor Jon Husted Appeals Ohio Early Voting Ruling to Supreme Court

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 11:27 am

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has been tireless in attempting to stop citizens in his state from voting. He has tried to ending the counting of provisional ballots in areas where the ballots were mistakenly cast in the wrong precinct. This is a serious problem in urban areas like Cleveland, where multiple precincts vote [...]

Ohio Secretary of State Rescinds Order, County Election Boards Can Set Up Expanded Early Voting

By: Monday September 10, 2012 12:21 pm

We last left this saga of Jon Husted, the Secretary of State of Ohio, with him sending a directive to boards of elections in Ohio telling them to stop preparations for early voting on the last week of the election. This relates to a federal court ruling that restored early voting at those times. This [...]

Ohio Secretary of State Husted Ordered into Court After He Refuses to Prep for Early Voting

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 8:20 am

When we last left the early voting tussle in Ohio, a federal judge ordered the state to open the polls on the weekend before the election. The Secretary of State, Jon Husted, planned to file an appeal. But he went further than that. He said that he would not institute the court order until after [...]

Ohio Secretary of State Fires Two Democrats for Pushing Weekend Early Voting

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 8:01 am

We have been waiting to see how Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted would deal with some wayward Democratic County Board of Elections members who desired to reverse his ruling and allow weekend early voting in their constituencies. We have our answer. Husted fired Tom Ritchie Sr. and Dennis Lieberman, two board members in the [...]

Ohio Counties Defying Secretary of State, Planning on Weekend Early Voting

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 1:20 pm

One of the more novel voter suppression techniques being rolled out by conservatives in swing states is what has gone on in Ohio. The Secretary of State, Jon Husted, first tried to mandate that Republican counties would have extended early voting hours, while Democratic counties would see their early voting hours reduced. That generated too [...]

Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Designed to Shave Off Votes at the Margins

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 8:15 am

Amid the fallout from a Pennsylvania judge allowing the state’s voter ID law to advance, the Philadelphia Inquirer, um, inquires as to whether the law could affect the outcome of the Presidential election: Political strategists and experts in election law caution that it is difficult to predict the electoral impact of such laws in Pennsylvania [...]

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