Thursday, October 26, 2006
Bennett facilitates coming train wreck
How convenient. Despite the assurances from the Cuyahoga County prosecutor that ballot scanning could begin early, the GOP is determined to keep that from happening:
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason is ready to tell elections officials they can defy Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and scan thousands of absentee ballots days before Election Day, ensuring that results are ready on Election Night.Right. That would be the same Bob Bennett who is also chair of the Ohio GOP who is using Kenny Blackwell as his source for guidance on this matter.
If only elections officials would ask.
But the county elections board does not plan to ask for the opinion. Officials had planned to seek it but changed their minds Wednesday. They will try to scan more than 100,000 ballots in 20 hours on Election Day, relying on their scanners to work faster than they have in the past.
"We have to lock down the election," board Chairman Bob Bennett said in an interview. "We can't be involved in a legal fight. The secretary of state says it's illegal. . . . I don't want to take the risk."
Mason said scanning ballots into a computer does not equate to counting them. He said the counting would occur Election Day, when election workers hit a tabulation button to spit out the results.
"It seems that there's a common-sense approach to this," said Mason. "I would say they should start early, but don't total them until the polls close.