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"Punch the hole beside the number for the set of candidates of your choice"
The elections board in Ohio's most populous county has fielded numerous calls from voters confused about the layout of absentee ballots.
The ballots are from traditionally Democratic Cuyahoga County, which is receiving more than 2,000 requests for absentee ballots every day. Both presidential campaigns have focused on the county in a state both candidates consider crucial to what's expected to be a close election Nov. 2.
The problem occurs if voters align the ballot portion, which shows a candidate's name, a number and an arrow, with the punch card, which also bears numbers. The numbers don't always line up.
For example, a Cleveland Heights absentee ballot book lists the numeral six next to Democrat John Kerry's name. If a voter tries to line up the arrow with the punch card, the number across from Kerry's name, however, could be for another candidate or for no vote.
It's also possible for Republican President Bush's name to be misaligned should an absentee voter mistakenly try to follow the arrows.
"It's incredibly confusing," said Aaron Greenspan, a 21-year-old absentee voter from Shaker Heights. "Every day that goes by, more people are going to send in these ballots and more of them are guaranteed to be wrong."
Originally posted by Jamuhn
HAHA. That's pretty funny, but seriously, it looks like they forget to add a 1 for Badnarik and Bush. They got a week to fix. My question is, why didn't they just do 1,2,3,4. And why are the other candidates, called "other party candidates" instead of what their party actually is. This whole thing is a crock.
Absentee voters are supposed to ignore the arrows and punch out the chad that matches the candidate's number, Jacqueline Maiden, a coordinator with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, said Wednesday.
The punch cards and arrows are designed to work with machines used by people who vote in person on Election Day, she said.
"When the ballots are placed in the machines, the numbers line up with the arrows," she said, sliding a sample ballot into a machine similar to the ones that will be used Nov. 2 to show how it lined up correctly.
The instructions tell absentee voters to punch the corresponding number but don't specifically say to disregard the arrows. That has some voters worried, epecially because the outcome of the election is predicted to be close.
Originally posted by Jamuhn
Bout Time just posted an article that takes place in Cuyahoga County too. This time it has to do with democrats going door to door trying to register people to vote. Illegal people apparently.