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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Meanwhile in Ohio…

posted by on October 18 at 13:04 PM

The Republican running for governor of Ohio is losing—and losing big time. Polls put him 27 points behind the Dem in the race. Unfortunately the Republican is also Ohio’s Secretary of State and he’s currently contemplating tossing the Dem off the ballot on a technicality. Would he? Could he?

The Republican is the deeply corrupt Ken Blackwell. An African American, Blackwelll did all he could to keep African Americans from getting to the polls in Ohio in 2004, thereby costing Kerry the state, and the Dems the White House. If anyone would pull a move like this, it would be Blackwell.

Read all about it here.

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If anywhere, it would be here in Ohio.

But, actually, I think the NY Times editorial went a little further than the actual issue. From what I understand (based on NPR and a quick Google News search of local sources) Blackwell is trying to challenge Strickland's right to VOTE, not his place on the ballot.

Posted by Michelle in OH | October 18, 2006 1:34 PM

If this sentence is correct, then those are one and the same: "If Mr. Strickland was not a qualified voter, he would be prohibited from running for governor."

Posted by Levislade | October 18, 2006 1:41 PM

God damn, that Blackwell is a sleaze. He makes Katherine Harris look like a saint in comparison. When are the real Christians going to stand up against these freaks who are corrupting their faith?

Posted by Fnarf | October 18, 2006 2:32 PM

Then there's his "I'm just sayin'" attempt, aided by the state GOP, to brand Strickland as "pro-pedophilia."

Posted by fixo | October 18, 2006 2:48 PM

Um. Dan. This was an editorial in the NYT -- yesterday. Old news.

Posted by Jonathan | October 18, 2006 3:28 PM

more scary than the "technicality" issue (as i recall, it's actually that strickland has TWO ohio addresses, which could get him purged as a voter, and thus ineligible to run with less than three weeks to the election)is this machiavellian maneuver:

blackwell is purging voter registrations like crazy by:

1] sending out deceptive "test" mailing to targeted voters (read: likely dems)with 'opt-in' style fine print stating that if the recipient does not respond to the mailing, they will be ineligible to vote. (by nature of being called a test, it does not need to go to all ohio voters)

2] the deadline for response falls after the primary--so these voters are eligible in the primary and think they're all set to vote in the general. surprise! we didn't get a response so you're out.

3] people smart enough to read the fine print are showing up to re-re-register and finding that minute details are getting them purged (this ID says "Jr", this one does not--you're out. College student switched dorms, you're out. Etc.)

4] Deibold machines. Nuff said.

and this is why rove and bush are 'optimistic' about november. it's happening in four battleground states.

do not concede!!

Posted by chops | October 18, 2006 4:08 PM

I live in Ohio and everybody I know fucking hates Ken Blackwell. I turned 18 last year and I'm very proud to have the chance to help throw him out of office.

Posted by ms | October 18, 2006 4:22 PM

I got the fuck out of Ohio, but I'm looking forward to this election so I can quit hearing about rigged voting machines. When Strickland wins in a landslide the people throwing out these conspiracy theorists will have to quietly remove themselves from the public eye.

Of course if Blackwell wins, it will be so obvious that the machines are rigged that I will retroactively pretend that I knew it all along.

Posted by fromohio | October 18, 2006 5:33 PM

Wow, rereading my comment it becomes obvious that I'm a product of Ohio public schools.

Posted by fromohio | October 18, 2006 5:34 PM

A high-school friend went to Oberlin, and the touch screen voting machines _his_ colleagues and pals* registered in Democratic counties did something quirky: after voting Kerry, progressive local candidate, progressive issue, etc. the "confirmation screen" showed they had voted... Nader. Yep. They went to the poll workers and it was duly noted.

*(a little shaky, yeah, but he's not known for his flights of fancy)

Posted by Wesley | October 18, 2006 11:59 PM

My partner had a similiar flaky machine thing happen when he voted in the primary last spring. The poll workers ended up retiring the machine. Coincidence?

Posted by amazonmidwife | October 19, 2006 9:01 AM

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