Wednesday, June 22, 2005
More than 1-in-4 Ohio voters had problems in November
That's according to the just-released report from the DNC's Voting Rights Institute:
An exhaustive five-month investigation by the VRI's research and investigative team identified grave problems in the administration of Ohio's voting system. More than 1 in 4 voters in Ohio faced problems at the polls, including illegal requests for identification, long lines, poorly trained election officials, and more. There were also dramatic disparities in voting conditions among different races; African Americans waited nearly three times as long on average as whites to vote.Hey - better equipment, better training, clear standards. Who could argue with that? Why, maybe the MehlMan. Thanks for asking!:
Most important, the VRI's comprehensive investigation resulted in concrete recommendations that will help protect every American's right to vote and to have that vote counted. These recommendations cover voting equipment, training for poll workers, uniform standards, and much more.
National Republican Chairman Ken Mehlman dismissed the report as "pure political fiction."Uh, Ken, there are several hundred thousand Ohioans who slogged it through the organizational hell that was election day last November who think you have your head stuck up your puckered little sphincter.