40,000 Uncounted Provisional Ballots in Ohio in 2008, Many Unnecessarily So, Finds Paper

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Setting aside for a moment whether or not the ballots of Ohio voters were and are counted accurately, a new investigative report by the Cincinnati Enquirer's Barry M. Horstman finds that some 40,000 provisional ballots cast during the Buckeye State's 2008 Presidential election were never even counted at all. Worse, thousands of them, as the paper details, were disqualified due to no fault of voters... Each election year, Ohio residents cast thousands of ballots that are not counted. Despite efforts to simplify the state's voting to avoid widespread discarding of ballots, it could happen again in November's presidential race. The Enquirer, during a weeks-long examination of the state's electoral procedures, found that voting - America's most precious right and the foundation for all others - is a fragile civic exercise for many Ohioans. A confusing maze of state laws...

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