Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Congress Investigates Ohio's Provisional Ballots

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission came to Columbus today to gather information on Ohio's provisional ballots.
The panel will meet in Columbus to gather information on how provisional voting fared around the country. Voters who appear to be unregistered vote provisionally and their voter record is checked later. In Ohio, 77 percent of the 153,539 provisional ballots cast were found to be valid.
With all the voting problems in Ohio, it makes perfect sense to look into how goofed up Ohio was compared to the rest of the country, right?

Glad our government is focusing on the problem areas, right?

Coming with recommendations on how we can be more like the rest of the country, right?

Nationally, 32% of provisional ballots cast in last year's election were thrown out. Most states were using them for the first time.
Ohio's rate of invalid provisional ballots was 9% points lower than the national average.

The whole thing reminds me of the joke of the drunk searching for his lost keys under the streetlight. He lost them in a dark alley, but he can see better under the light.

No reason to look here, or here, or even here.

UPDATE: Dan Tojaki was a participant on the panel and I expect he will post something soon.