Ohio Early Voting! Ohio Early Absentee Voting Goes Until 2 p.m. Today

Monday also marks one more day for Indiana and Ohio residents to vote early. Most southeast Indiana counties will close their absentee in-person voting at 12:00 p.m., noon. In Hamilton County, early voting will continue at the Board of Elections office in Cincinnati until 2:00 p.m. Kentucky does not allow for early voting or unexcused absentee voting.

On Election Day, Indiana and Kentucky’s polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time. Ohio’s voting hours at 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. local time.

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Multiple Ways Ohio Republican Jon Husted and Gov. Kasich are Trying to Illegally Suppress Votes in Ohio

In the lead up to the 2000 presidential election, Florida’s Republican Secretary of State Katherine Harris hired a private company to create an error-laden “scrub list” of so-called ineligible voters, eventually wrongly purging as many as 7000 voters from Florida’s rolls — or 13 times George W. Bush’s post-Supreme Court margin of victory. Moreover, because Harris’ list “invariably target[ed] a minority population in Florida” that was overwhelmingly likely to vote for Al Gore, it is likely that her voter purge gave the presidency to Bush. Four years later, Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State Ken Blackwell engaged in similar shenanigans to suppress the vote in his crucial swing state — including at one point saying he would reject voter registration forms if they were not printed on 80-pound thickness cardstock.

This election, the role of Kathrine Harris and Ken Blackwell is played by Ohio’s new Republican Secretary of State, Jon Husted. Here are just a few of the steps Husted took to try to swing Ohio’s crucial electoral votes to Mitt Romney:

Trashing Provisional Ballots: In a last-minute directive that directly conflicts with Ohio law, Husted ordered all voters who make a mistake when filling out a form accompanying provisional ballots to be disenfranchised. As the majority of provisional ballots are cast in Ohio’s five largest counties — all of which favor Democrats — and because low-income and transient voters are also more likely to vote provisionally, Husted’s directive will likely disenfranchise many more Democrats than Republicans.

Restricting Early Voting: Husted fought tooth and nail to limit opportunities to vote early in Ohio, although most of the restrictions on early voting Husted advocated were eventually blocked by a federal appeals court. Nevertheless, Husted still limited the number of hours available for early voting even after he lost in federal court, and he told an election law symposium last month that the court decision restoring early voting periods was an “un-American approach to voting.” Early voters in Ohio overwhelmingly support President Obama. As the federal court restoring early voting explained, “early voters have disproportionately lower incomes and less education than election day voters,” and thus are less likely to work flexibility to take time off to vote on election day.

Defying Court Orders: After a federal district court declared Ohio’s efforts to suppress early voting unconstitutional, Husted openly defied this order — ordering local elections officials not to comply with it. Husted eventually backed down after federal Judge Peter Economus ordered Husted to personally attend a court hearing concerning his refusal to comply with the law.

Retaliating Against People Who Oppose Him: Husted fired two Montgomery County board of election members after they voted to allow early voting on weekends when Husted opposed it.

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Illegal Voter Suppression From 11/2/12 : Romney Associate Jon Husted and Governor Kasich Create Measure in Ohio to Sidetrack Votes

“Our secretary of state has created a situation, here in Ohio, where he will invalidate thousands and thousands of people’s votes,” Brian Rothenberg, executive director of ProgessOhio, said during a press conference at the board of elections in Cuyahoga County yesterday in downtown Cleveland. Added State Senator Nina Turner: “‘SoS’ used to stand for ‘secretary of state.’ But under the leadership of Jon Husted, ‘SoS’ stands for ‘secretary of suppression.’ ”

In 2008, 40,000 of the 207,000 provisional ballots cast in Ohio were rejected. The majority of the state’s provisional ballots were cast in Ohio’s five largest counties, which are strongly Democratic. Moreover, provisional ballots are more likely to be cast by poorer and more transient residents of the state, who are also less likely to vote Republican.

The number of discarded provisional ballots could rise significantly due to Husted’s directive. It’s also very likely that more provisional ballots will be cast in 2012 than in 2008, thanks to a wave of new voting restrictions in Ohio and nationwide. The Associated Press reported that 31 percent of the 2.1 million provisional ballots cast nationwide in 2008 were not counted, and called provisional ballots the “hanging chads of 2012.”

A series of missteps by the secretary of state and new rulings by the courts have increased the use of provisional ballots and could delay the outcome of the election and the legitimacy of the final vote.

In Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) and Franklin County (Columbus), voters who requested absentee ballots were wrongly told they were not registered to vote and should cast provisional ballots. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections quickly followed up with 865 such voters, but in Franklin County a sample of rejected absentee ballot requests found that 38 percent were mistakenly listed as “not registered,” according to an analysis by Norman Robbins of Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates. An untold number of would-be absentee voters could fall into this category in Ohio’s other eighty-six counties. “The deadline has passed to send these voters absentee ballots,” writes Robbins. “Therefore, there needs to be an immediate and broad public announcement that all voters who have been officially informed that they are ‘not registered’ and who believe they truly are registered, should definitely vote a provisional ballot so that their votes might be counted when better searches are done on their provisional ballots.” (A computer glitch by the secretary of state’s office also delayed the processing of 33,000 voter registration forms, which Husted just sent to local boards of elections this week).

Moreover, any voter who requested an absentee ballot but decides, for one reason or another, to vote in person must cast a provisional ballot. Of the 1.3 million absentee ballots sent to Ohio voters, 1.1 million have been returned, according to Husted’s office. But that still leaves up to 200,000 potential votes unaccounted for…

A coalition of voting rights groups have filed an emergency injunction against Husted’s last-minute provisional ballot directive. Husted’s briefs are due in court by November 6. According to Ohio law, provisional ballots won’t be counted until ten days after the election. So, if the presidential election comes down to Ohio and the margin is razor-thin, as many are predicting, we won’t know the outcome until well after Election Day. And only then will we find out how many eligible voters were wrongly disenfranchised by the secretary of state.

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Romney’s Election Official Jon Husted and Governor Kasich Continue Voter Suppression in Ohio with Voting Obstacles

“The bottom line is that (Secretary of State Jon Husted) designed a form that violates Ohio law by improperly shifting to voters the poll workers’ information-recording responsibilities regarding ID to voters, and then he wants to trash votes where there is a problem with the form on the section he misassigned to voters,” said Cleveland attorney Subodh Chandra, who filed the motion.

Husted spokesman Matt McClellan said the Friday directive actually was designed to concur with the Oct. 26 order of U.S. District Court Judge Algenon L. Marbley in a legal dispute over provisional ballots.

Voters will complete the same form they did in the March primary and August special elections.

As with regular voting, a voter can provide various forms of ID for the provisional ballot or write down the last four digits of their Social Security number.

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Republican Election Official Jon Husted and Gov. Kasich Attempt to Void Ballots in Push for Ohio Voter Suppression

According to a lawsuit filed by voting rights advocates, this is “contrary to a court decision on provisional ballots a week ago and contrary to statements made by attorneys for Husted at an Oct. 24 court hearing.”
Indeed, it also appears directly contrary to Ohio law. From the lawsuit:

Ohio Rev. Code § 3505.181(B)(6) provides that, once a voter casting a provisional ballot proffers identification, “the appropriate local election official shall record the type of identification provided, the social security number information, the fact that the affirmation was executed, or the fact that the individual declined to execute such an affirmation and include that information with the transmission of the ballot . . . .”

The law “ensures that any questions regarding a voter’s identification are resolved on the spot or, consistent with due process, the voter is informed that he or she needs to provide additional information to the board of elections. This protects the integrity of the voting process, and provides a reasonable opportunity to resolve deficiencies.”
The last-minute directive changes this and switches the burden to the voter, greatly increasing the chances that legal provisional ballots will be discarded.

The court gave Husted until Monday to respond to the lawsuit and indicated it will resolve the dispute before provisional ballots are counted on November 17.

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Florida Update! Voting Open Monday for Florida Early Absentee Voting in Broward, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Pinellas and other Areas

BROWARD SUPERVISOR REQUIRES YOU CALL FOR AN APPT TO VOTE MONDAY.

Broward Voters should call ahead to get a scheduled time to pick up their ballot: 954-712-1964 or 954-712-1974

Broward voters will be scheduled to pick up their ballot between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5.
On Tuesday, November 6, voters should go to their assigned polling place to cast their ballot

Location for Pick-Up

Voting Equipment Center at the Lauderhill Mall 1501 NW 40th Avenue Lauderhill, FL 33313

Absentee Ballot Drop-Off:
Voted Absentee Ballots may be dropped off at our 2 office locations up to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. If you plan to mail your absentee ballot, voters are reminded postmarks are not accepted. Voters MAY NOT drop off their voted absentee ballot at any polling place location on Election Day.

Locations for Drop-Off
Broward Supervisor of Elections Office
Governmental Center 115 S. Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Will accept voted Absentee Ballots on the following schedules:

Monday, November 5, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Tuesday, November 6, 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Voting Equipment Centerat the Lauderhill Mall1501 NW 40th AvenueLauderhill, FL 33313

Will accept voted Absentee Ballots on the following schedules:

Monday, November 5, 2012 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Tuesday, November 6, 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

HILLSBOROUGH:
UPDATE:Open Sunday 9-5 Falkenburg Rd SOE office only. All 4 HIllsborough Co. SOE offices open Monday, 11/5/12, 8 am – 5 pm for on the spot Absentee/Vote By Mail voting as well. Addresses at bottom of page:http://www.votehillsborough.org/

Hillsborough Co. Supervisor’s office and they confirmed that people in this county will be able to vote tomorrow and Monday. It’s called “over-the-counter voting,” and is akin to submitting an absentee. Go to the Elections Supervisor’s office and pick up a ballot along with the return envelope. The voter then fills out the ballot, either at the office or anywhere else, and then must return the ballot to the office in the envelope by 5PM. Here are the offices:
SUNDAY 11/4: Supervisor’s office at Robert L. Gilder Elections Service Center, 2514 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL 33619, Tel: (813) 744-5900, Fax: (813) 744-5843. ONLY this location will be open on Sunday, from 9AM-5PM.

MONDAY 11/5: ALL 4 Hillsborough Co. Supervisor’s offices, from 8AM-5PM:1) Robert L. Gilder Elections Service Center, 2514 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL 33619, Tel: (813) 744-5900, Fax: (813) 744-5843.2) Fred B. Karl County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 16th Floor, Tampa, Florida 33602, Tel: (813) 272-5850 Fax: (813) 272-70433) Supervisor of Elections South Office, 10439 Gibsonton Drive, Riverview, Florida
33578, Tel: (813) 744-59004) Supervisor of Elections Northwest Office, 12022 Anderson Road, Tampa, Florida 33625, Tel: (813) 744-5900— Andrew Bauman, DC 37

PINELLAS: YOU CAN VOTE TODAY
Absentee in-person voting will be open today and Monday in Pinellas County from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

If you haven’t cast your ballot yet, you can vote at any of the voting locations listed below today and Monday. Forward this email, and pass this important voting information along to anyone else who should know:

Election Service Center, Starkey Lakes Corporate Center13001 Starkey RoadLargo, FL 33773

Pinellas County Courthouse 315 Court Street, Room 117 Clearwater, FL 33756

County Building 501 First Avenue North St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Here’s what you need to do to absentee in-person vote today in four easy steps:

1. Go to your closest location listed above, and bring a valid photo ID.
2. Request your absentee ballot in person.
3. Complete and return your ballot on the spot!
4. Don’t forget to sign your ballot envelope.

If you already have your ballot, make sure to bring it in with you when you go to vote.

Voters like us are turning out in force in Florida to stand up for President Obama — make sure you’re a part of it!

Join your neighbors before 5:00 p.m. today — and spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.

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Florida Sunday Voting!! Florida Offering Early Voting Sunday in Miami-Dade County 1pm-5pm!

Miami-Dade Elections Department will allow voters to cast their ballots on Sunday.

….the elections department is permitted to provide and accept absentee ballots.

In honor of the Early Voting hours offered on the last Sunday in 2008, voters can go to the Elections Department in Doral at 2700 NW 87th Avenue to vote by absentee ballot from 1pm-5pm.

The elections department said any voter who shows up in the allotted window will be able to vote by absentee ballot. The voter did not have to request an absentee ballot ahead of time.
Any voter in line at 5pm will be allowed to vote.

Voters can either fill out the absentee ballot at the elections department or take it home, fill it out and have it returned by 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Voters can no longer request absentee ballots by mail.

Voters can also pick up an absentee ballot in Miami-Dade on Monday at elections headquarters.

In Broward, voters can call the elections department on Sunday and request an absentee ballot which can be picked up on Monday at their headquarters on Monday.

Broward voters who already have absentee ballots can turn them in on Sunday at 115 S. Andrews Ave., Rm 102 in Ft. Lauderdale and at 1501 NW 40th Ave. in Lauderhill from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

Again, absentee ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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