Think Progress: Last-Minute Ohio Directive Could Trash Legal Votes And Swing The Election

-By Judd Legum

November 3, 2012- A last-minute directive issued by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) could invalidate legal provisional ballots. Ohio is widely viewed as the most critical state for both presidential campaigns and — with some polls showing a close race — the 11th-hour move could swing the entire election.

The directive, issued Friday, lays out the requirements for submitting a provisional ballot. The directive includes a form which puts the burden on the voter to correctly record the form of ID provided to election officials. Husted also instructed election officials that if the form is not filled out correctly by a voter, the ballot should not be counted.

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Charleston Daily Mail: Absentee ballot contractor for state prompts concerns

-by Ry Rivard

November 1, 2012- CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Some county clerks across the state are wary of an effort to change the handling of overseas and military ballots.

The clerks, who run county elections, question Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's decision to hire a private contractor to send out the ballots. The $60,000 contract with Baltimore-based Scytl USA was paid with federal grant money from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Tennant, the state's chief elections officer, said the program is meant to make it easier for overseas West Virginians – particularly members of the military – to vote. The issue is near and dear to Tennant because her husband, state Sen. Erik Wells, D-Kanawha, was recently deployed in Afghanistan.

But in interviews this week, several election clerks questioned the arrangement.

In particular, they questioned the need to hire Scytl and the wisdom and legality of having a third party act as middleman between voters and election officials.

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Million Dollar Reward Offered To Expose Election Fraud

Today, we offered a million dollar reward for hard information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone using corrupt or fraudulent means to rig a 2012 federal election so the real winner loses.  The information must result in a correction of the fraudulent election and must be new information not previously reported.

There has been a great deal of nefarious activity in the run up to this election mostly by partisans on the Republican side of the aisle. Karl Rove is receiving a great deal of scrutiny for raising hundreds of millions from GOP billionaires to defeat President Obama.

So we want cyber sleuths and whistleblowers of all stripes to keep an eye out for things that normally stay hidden, such as manipulation of the tabulation results.  We have a tip line 1-888-VOTETIP or send to

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