by Andy Brownfield
Rep. Alicia Reece says Husted's appeal of two court decisions will confuse voters
A state legislator from Cincinnati wants the U.S. Justice Department to monitor the 2012 election in Ohio to ensure fairness.
Rep. Alicia Reece, D-Cincinnati, sent a letter to U.S.
Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday asking him to send federal
elections monitors to watch over polling in Ohio this November.
Reece’s letter points to what she calls potential voter
confusion resulting from two federal court decisions over provisional
ballots and in-person early voting — decisions that have been appealed
by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.
“We need to ensure that Ohio has a smooth and fair election this November,” Reece wrote in an emailed statement.
“These two federal court decisions are a step in the right
direction for voters in Ohio, but the appeals processes are confusing
for voters. The presence of federal elections monitors will help restore
the integrity of the voting process. The entire country is looking at
The first court decision ruled that county boards of
elections must count certain defective ballots if the mistakes were
caused by poll worker error. U.S.
District Judge Algenon Marbley ordered Husted to issue provisional
ballot envelopes with a checklist for poll workers to follow.
Husted has argued that allowing those ballots to be
counted conflicts with existing Ohio law that does not allow defective
provisional ballots to be counted.
The second court decision required Husted to allow in-person early voting for the three days leading up to the Nov. 6 election.
Husted had issued a directive to all 88 Ohio counties to
not allow voting on those days, and then ordered county boards to
suspend in-person early voting while he appealed the court’s ruling. He
rescinded that order after the judge ordered him to appear in court in
regards to the directive.
Reece was joined by area clergy and community leaders to announce the letter in a Wednesday morning news conference.
1 Comment · Wednesday, September 19, 2012
It makes me nervous knowing the re-election of President
Barack Obama rests partially in the hands of Ohio voters and in the
trustworthiness of the shaky Ohio electoral process.
2 Comments · Wednesday, August 15, 2012
It’s an oversimplification, but I do not like Willard
Mitt Romney and my dislike plays “Tag! You’re it!” with the smallest
by Andy Brownfield
Northern neighborhoods can prepare for calls, canvassers
President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign is upping its
ground game in Cincinnati, opening its fourth field office in the city on
The new College Hill office will be the source of phone
calls and canvassers to the Mount Healthy, Northside, North College Hill and
College Hill neighborhoods. The Obama campaign already has field offices in
East Walnut Hills, Cheviot and Forest Park.
Obama’s Republican rival Mitt Romney’s campaign has three
offices: in Kenwood, Westwood and Colerain. Staff contact Kelsey Romanchik said
she didn’t know if there were plans to open more.
More than 150 people braved the sweltering Cincinnati
humidity for the opening of the Obama College Hill field office. They were
greeted by a drum line outside of the office, as well as inside a mainstay of
any such campaign event — snacks.
Keynote speaker City Councilman Cecil Thomas sounded off
many of the Obama campaign’s talking points, attacking Romney’s tenure at Bain
Capital, his refusal to release further tax returns and Romney’s tax plan,
which a recent study by the Tax Policy Center says will raise taxes on the
middle class by eliminating popular tax credits.
“Why in the world would I vote for someone like that?” asked
by German Lopez
The Ohio Department of Education is caught in a bit of a mess. This morning, the state auditor’s office announced it would be conducting a probe into the Ohio Department of Education over school test and attendance data. Yesterday, Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Stan Heffner said the Ohio Department of Education will be investigating more schools for possible instances of fraudulent data reporting. The superintendent’s announcement came on the same day Lockland School Districts were found to be reporting false attendance data for better test results.Delta Airlines announced it will be closing down Comair,
which is headquartered in the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky
International Airport. The move could have a significant impact on jobs
in the region.Only 6,000 out of 140,000 eligible Ohioans have initiated a foreclosure review process, according to Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown. The review could potentially save Ohioans a lot of money.The Ohio Supreme Court still thinks Ohio’s smoking ban is constitutional.Skype is making chat and user data more accessible to police. There is now a reason to be jealous of Kansas City. Google will be offering its ultra-fast Internet service in the area for only $70 a month.Nearly one in five voters thinks President Barack Obama is a Muslim.Mitt Romney had a bad couple days during his trip to London: An aide allegedly made racist comments about Obama’s commitment to “Anglo-Saxon heritage,” Romney questioned if London is ready to host the Olympics, and he talked about meeting with the leader of MI6, the British intelligence agency. And he said he’s excited to return the “bust of Winston Churchill” to the Oval Office. Whatever that means.Nobody has a case of the Mondays, according to a new study in the Journal of Positive Psychology.Scientists have found a way to temporarily restore eyesight in blind mice. But it requires a direct chemical injection into the eyes.
by Kevin Osborne
Ohio’s turnout better than national numbers
Voter turnout for Tuesday’s Ohio primary was a disappointing 13.9 percent but the turnout among young people — those aged 30 and under — was even lower.Although the Republican primary in Ohio was highly contested, youth turnout was far below the amount that voted in the 2008 primary. Just 7 percent of Ohio youth turned out Tuesday to vote in the Republican primary, compared to 25 percent four years ago when there was both a contested Democratic and Republican primary.An analysis by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) found that about 131,000 young people voted Tuesday, with 37 percent choosing Rick Santorum, 28 percent choosing Mitt Romney and 25 percent choosing Ron Paul.Despite the dismal number, Ohio still was above the overall youth turnout for the 10 contests on Super Tuesday. CIRCLE found that youth turnout was 5 percent in the seven primaries and three caucuses.Combining the five Super Tuesday states in which exit polls were conducted with adequate youth samples, CIRCLE estimates that 88,000 total youth voted for Paul, with nearly 88,000 who voted for Santorum, about 86,000 for Romney, and about 43,000 for Newt Gingrich.The candidates performed differently in each state: Paul came in first among youth voters in Virginia; Santorum, in Ohio and Tennessee; Romney, in Massachusetts; and Gingrich, in Georgia.In all of the primaries and caucuses so far — excluding states where there were no exit or entrance polls about youth vote choice — youth vote tallies stand at approximately 201,000 for Romney, 200,000 for Paul, 162,000 for Santorum, and 87,000 for Gingrich.By this point in the 2008 primary campaign, Democrat Barack Obama had drawn more than six times as many youth votes as any of the Republican 2012 candidates, with about 1.36 million youth votes, although more primaries were contested on or before Super Tuesday in 2008.Political observers have theorized there is an “enthusiasm gap” among Republican voters based on lower overall voter turnout in most of the states that have held presidential primaries so far. Turnout has been lower in eight of the 13 states when compared to the 2008 primaries — although Ohio isn’t among them.Ohio’s overall voter turnout this year was 13.9 percent, higher than the 12.8 percent who voted in 2008, but lower than the 16.8 percent who voted in 2000, according to a review by the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Center for the Study of the American Electorate.Based on final and official results from the six states whose primaries preceded Super Tuesday and near final and unofficial results from the seven Super Tuesday primaries, 7.85 million people voted out of 68.13 million eligible citizens, or 11.5 percent.Turnout was 13.2 percent of eligible citizens in 2008, and it was 12.2 percent in 2000.Founded in 2001, CIRCLE conducts research on young Americans’ voting and political participation, along with other forms of civic engagement. It is based at Tufts University in Massachusetts.Founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, the Bipartisan Policy Center is a think tank that seeks to create policy solutions through “reasoned negotiation and respectful dialogue.” It is based in Washington, D.C.
by Kevin Osborne
If you care about politics, no doubt you’ve heard by now that birth control opponent Rick Santorum scored upset victories Tuesday in the Colorado and Minnesota caucuses and Missouri’s non-binding primary. No delegates were awarded in any of the races, but the showing further undermines presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s efforts to solidify his image as Republican frontrunner.One of the best number crunchers around, Nate Silver at the FiveThirtyEight blog, says the latest results mean Romney will have a long slog to win the party’s nomination. Given history and voter demographics, Romney should’ve easily won in Minnesota and Colorado and the fact that he didn’t should serve as a warning for him, Silver adds.
by Kevin Osborne
Even though he has criticized super PACs in the past, President Obama has decided he will allow a pro-Democratic one to assist him in his reelection bid. Priorities USA Action, a super PAC founded by two former White House aides, will help Obama counter the deluge of money being raised by GOP groups during the 2012 election cycle.Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney told a conservative radio talk show host on Monday that he doesn’t support funding for Planned Parenthood and believes Susan G. Komen for the Cure should have stuck by its original decision to pull grants from the organization.
by Kevin Osborne
Despite all of the incessant hype, there actually are other things going on in the world besides the Super Bowl. So, grab your beverage of choice, sit back and we’ll tell you about a few of them. (And we promise nary a mention of Tom Brady or Eli Manning. Well, after this paragraph, that is.)A study by Chicago University’s Booth Business School found that the use of social media might be more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol. A team used BlackBerrys to gauge the willpower of 205 people between the ages of 18 and 85 in and around the German city of Würtzburg. The researchers say sex and sleep still appear to be stronger urges, but tweeting and checking email are more irresistible to some people than smoking or drinking.