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Debate Over Provisional Ballots Continues

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Some Democratic State lawmakers say more must be done to make sure provisional ballots are counted. Democratic State Representative Kathleen Clyde says there are too many provisional ballots cast in the state each election.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Clyde: “Ohio leads the country in the number of provisional ballots cast. We are fourth. In 2008, we had nearly 205,000 of these ballots and we had even more in 2012. This means that hundreds of thousands of Ohioans votes lie in limbo and face extra scrutiny before they can be counted. We also lead the country in rejecting provisional ballots. In 2008, one in five provisional ballots was eventually rejected.”

Clyde says many of these ballots are actually good but are rejected because they don’t contain the duplicative information that’s asked of voters but is already on the form. She says many provisional ballots are also thrown out because of poll worker error.

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