October 20, 2012

"My father's vote was just stolen in Ohio" -- reprint from Democratic Underground

The following is reprinted from this post at Democratic Underground:


My Father's vote was just stolen in Ohio...

My father had a stroke a few years ago, and he has trouble reading. He votes absentee, so my mother can help him with the ballot. Well, he sent in his ballot a couple weeks ago, and he did EVERYTHING as instructed. Everything was signed, documented, etc. Proper postage and everything.

Yesterday, he got a letter from the Butler County board of elections saying something was not up to snuff with his ballot, and he had to provide one of the following blah blah blah. One of the choices is his drivers license number, which he already included on the absentee ballot. It says he has to deliver it by hand to their office and his deadline is November 16th.

So basically they're only gonna count it as a provisional ballot. What really happened is they opened his ballot, and saw that he voted for Obama, and now they're not going to count it. I don't know who to contact. I'm so pissed I can't see straight.

Original post at Democratic Underground


Ray Beckerman said...

Election Protection web page for voter complaints: http://signup.lawyerscommittee.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4570

Allih said...

I live in Ohio, in Hamilton county. I vote absentee at the board of elections. The ballots aren't opened until after the polls close on election day. When you submit a sealed absentee ballot, the envelope has a place on the outside to write either your driver's license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN.

Now, I have lived in Ohio long enough to be very wary of the electoral system here, but there is one possible reason why they contacted him without assuming they are breaking the law.

Ray Beckerman said...

In 2004 I believe there was much fraud with absentee ballots. I received a report from an out of state college student that his Republican roommate received three (3) absentee ballot forms from Hamilton County.