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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Blackwell defeated ahead of election 

In a previous post, I wrote of how Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell decided to begin enforcing an old law requiring voter registration forms be printed on paper the thickness of postcard stock. In his directive to election supervisors, he wrote on September 9,

The form prescribed by the Secretary of State must be printed on white, uncoated paper of not less than 80 lb. text weight. Any Ohio form not printed on this minimum paperweight is considered to be an application for a registration form. Your board should mail the appropriate form to the person listed on the application.

Yesterday, Blackwell reversed this directive by issuing a "clarification" that they should not be just "considered to be an application for a registration form", but that election workers should indeed register the voter, then send them a proper registration card,

The voter registration form prescribed by the Secretary of State must be printed on white, uncoated paper of not less than 80 lb. text weight. However, any otherwise valid Ohio forms received by your Board of Elections not on 80lb. text should be processed and the newly registered voter should be sent and asked to return the legally prescribed form to be kept by your Board as a permanent record.

I wonder how many Ohio voters will end up being disenfranchised by the instructions Blackwell had election workers try to follow for three weeks.

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