Ohio county sends voters wrong election date, directions to polls

TUE OCT 23, 2012 AT 09:02 AM PDT
Sigh. Ohio county sends voters wrong election date, directions to polls

It was “just a mistake,” according to the deputy director of the Republican-run Ottawa County Board of Elections in Ohio. And, you know, I’d really like to believe her. But it’s Ohio. The board sent a mailer to 2,300 voters in three northwestern Ohio precincts on Lake Erie near Toledo informing them that their voting location had been moved to a building on the east side of Danbury High School. The actual location is on the west side. Voters were also told Election Day was Nov. 8. It is, of course, Nov. 6.

Normally, one might be willing to give whoever generated that screw-up the benefit of the doubt. But Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern, who happens to live in Ottawa County, rightly noted, “There is no excuse for a board of elections or Secretary [of State Jon] Husted’s office to botch their most basic job, notifying voters when and where to exercise their right to vote.” He called upon Husted to review all the board’s correspondence for the past year “to ensure that there are no other errors that could disenfranchise voters.”

According to the Deputy Director Carol Ann Hill, the board realized the error soon after it sent out postcards to voters and said it was “sending out a new mailer, as we speak, with an apology.”

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