The deadline is quickly approaching for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to certify the final vote counts of the 2012 election, and while the extra votes won’t have an impact on the big races like President Obama and Senator Brown, it could impact some down-ticket races including two important state house races  - Matt Patten and Joshua O’Farrell – that will determine if Republicans gain a super majority in the Ohio House.

Not unexpectedly, Jon Husted continues to do everything in his power to prevent potential Democratic votes from being counted in these, and is likely breaking federal law in the process.

According to a letter sent by Ohio State Representative Kathleen Clyde, Husted’s directives require Tuscarawas County Board of Elections not to count ballots that may have been cast by people who have moved but return to their former precinct to vote.  The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 requires that these voters be allowed to vote:

A registrant who has moved from an address in the area covered by one polling place to an address in an area covered by a second polling place within the same registrar’s jurisdiction and the same congressional district… shall be permitted to correct the voting records and vote at the registrant’s former polling place

While it’s unclear the exact number of ballots that may be impacted, even a small number could swing these races.   The uncounted ballots in Tuscarawas county are especially important because they will likely determine the outcome of the O’Farrell race, among others.   The deputy director of that county’s Board of Elections stated that the ballots in question “are mostly cast by people who have moved but return to their former precinct to vote.”

OSU Professor Dan Tokaji, an authority on election law and voting rights, confirmed “that a subset of ballots cast at the wrong precinct should be counted under the NVRA.”

Given everything Husted has done this election season to keep Ohioans from having their votes counted, and all of the court battles it took to get a portion of those rights restored, we are hardly surprised that Jon would let something like federal law stand in the way at this point in the process.

But we’d be lying if we said we weren’t disappointed, and a little embarrassed, that Ohio is again at the center of so much election controversy at the hands of a Republican Secretary of State.

 

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  • John W.

    What is Husted’s gripe with democracy?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740014081 Paula Garfield

    Report him to the feds AND DEMAND AN INVESTIGATION!

  • Clecinosu

    I think Husted wants to take “the vote” out of “Get out the vote.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carrie-Preston/100000765994211 Carrie Preston

    They are all like big bullies who do all they can to get their way.

  • NoVestedInterest

    Turn up the heat on this one.

  • anastasjoy

    Husted? No, it can’t be. The man just LOVES democracy and LIVES to protect it. NOT.

  • http://profiles.google.com/stryxvaria Stryx Varia

    Wait- so a guy could live in one place, like say Upper Arlington, and still legally vote vote in someplace where he used to live, like say Huber Heights?

    Unpossible!!

  • walter59

    Upper Arlington is in the 15th Congressional district ….Huber Heights is in the 8th. the law…”A registrant who has moved from an address in the area covered by one polling place to an address in an area covered by a second polling place within the same registrar’s jurisdiction and the same congressional district… shall be permitted to correct the voting records and vote at the registrant’s former polling place”

    try actually reading the story

  • JLM452

    In 2014 Husted will be up for re-election. THROW THE CHEATING BASTARD OUT!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/stryxvaria Stryx Varia

    Do you know anything about Husted’s history? The Ohio Supreme Court case?

  • http://profiles.google.com/stryxvaria Stryx Varia

    Do you know anything about Husted’s history? The Ohio Supreme Court case?

  • Retrofuturistic

    The Christian GOP cannot win on their record, on their platform, or on merit. The only way they can win is by cheating, by lying, and by performing Dirty Tricks. This must be stopped.

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