Voter's Digest

The latest election fraud warnings

Throughout this election, the Voice will be gathering information and articles about allegations of voter fraud and disenfranchisement. Check this page for regular updates.

Ohio Official State-Wide Summary

Number of Provisional Ballots Cast in Each Ohio County

Final Outcome Could Hinge on Ohio (site registration required)
Bush camp convinced president won reelection
President Bush moved to the brink of securing his bid for reelection early this morning, winning the prized battleground of Florida and holding what appeared to be an insurmountable lead over Sen. John F. Kerry in Ohio. But the Massachusetts senator considered continuing his battle to win the White House with a fight over provisional ballots in the Buckeye State.
—Dan Balz The Washington Post, November 3, 2004

Waiting Was the Hardest Part
They waited for hours, steadfast in their passion to vote and undeterred by rain, sore feet or Election Day problems compounded by a record turnout. More than 500,000 people voted in Franklin County, and thousands were still waiting in line when the polls closed at 7:30 p.m., with the last person voting at 11:20 p.m.
—Columbus Dispatch, November 3, 2004

Some Voters Confused in Counties That Left Nader's Name on Ballot
Although Ralph Nader was ordered off the ballot more than a month ago, some Ohio voters said it appeared they had the option of voting for him. "His name was right there, the first one," said Bobby Ward, a Delaware County resident who said he voted yesterday in Liberty Township. "It was like a normal ballot. There were no signs, nothing."
—Rita Price & Mark Niquette The Columbus Dispatch, November 3, 2004

Challengers at Polls, but Few Registration Disputes Reported
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voters checking in at many Ohio polling places had at least one extra set of eyes on them Tuesday as Republicans and Democrats were allowed to challenge whether they were eligible to vote. There were only a few reports of challengers disputing people's registrations.
—Associated Press, as reported in The Plain Dealer, November 3, 2004

Provisional Ballots Take Center Stage
Dan Tokaji of the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University talks about the role of provisional ballots in the Ohio vote. Hear Tokaji and NPR's Steve Inskeep.
—NPR Morning Edition, November 3, 2004

'Next Katherine Harris' Revels in Spotlight
Ohio official at center of provisional ballots controversy
COLUMBUS, OHIO (CNN) — Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell cut an imposing figure as he strode to the podium as Tuesday became Wednesday to address journalists and camera crews who had been waiting idly for hours for news of when Ohio's provisional ballots would be counted.
—CNN, November 3, 2004

Ohio's Provisional Ballots Delay Election Conclusion
Nov. 3 (Bloomberg) — The battle for the U.S. presidency is focused on Ohio, where President George W. Bush's campaign says it has an "insurmountable" lead and Senator John Kerry looks to about 150,000 uncounted provisional ballots.
—Bloomberg, November 3, 2004

White House Race Coming Down to Ohio
Bush sends legal team to Ohio, which will decide the race
WASHINGTON Nov 3, 2004 — With Ohio looming as a Florida redux, President Bush climbed within 16 electoral votes of a second term Wednesday and held a solid lead in the popular vote over Democratic rival John Kerry who insisted the race framed by war, terror and joblessness wasn't over.
—Associated Press, as reported on ABC News, November 3, 2004

Ohio: Tight Ballot Security Prevents Dirty Tricks
Candise Dorsey couldn't quite believe what had just happened to her. A 40-year-old black voter from the eastern Cleveland suburbs, she went to her polling station early yesterday morning expecting chaos, confusion, aggressive challenges from Republican poll watchers, delays and possible bureaucratic obstacles standing in the way of her exercising her franchise.
—Andrew Gumbel The Independent, November 3, 2004

Voters Report Problems With Computer Systems
WASHINGTON — Voters across the United States reported problems with electronic touch-screen systems on Tuesday in what critics said could be a sign that the machines used by one-third of the population were prone to error.
—Reuters, as reported on, November 3, 2004

Long Lines, Short Tempers, Little Chaos at Polls (site registration required)
Lines were long, tempers were short, some voting machines malfunctioned and a few polling places briefly replaced electronic wizardry with cardboard ballot boxes. But America's national election seemed to run smoothly yesterday, with no widespread reports of chaos, fraud or legal challenges that might affect the outcome.
—Robert D. McFadden The New York Times, November 3, 2004

Court OKs Voter Challengers in Ohio
Last-minute legal wrangling over election rules in Ohio continued until a few hours before the polls opened today, with an appeals court panel ruling that challengers would be allowed in precincts to question voters' eligibility. Even so, reports from the polls in central Ohio so far today suggest few, if any, voters are actually being challenged.
—Mark Niquette The Columbus Dispatch, November 2, 2004

Federal Court Overturns Ohio Ban on Reporters in Polling Places
NEW YORK — A federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a directive from the Ohio secretary of state that had barred reporters and photographers from polling places, finding the restriction unconstitutional.
—Joe Strupp Editor & Publisher, November 2, 2004

Civil Rights Groups, Gop Trade Charges of Dirty Tricks
WASHINGTON — Civil rights groups, in an election eve report, charged that dirty tricks, "unprecedented" challenges of voter eligibility, and bureaucratic bungling around the country are threatening the turnout in minority neighborhoods. . . . Among the examples cited:
—A bogus flyer with the emblem of McCandless Township, Pa., instructs voters, "Due to the immense voter turnout that is expected on Tuesday, the state of Pennsylvania has requested an extended voting period." The flyer says Republicans should vote Nov. 2 and Democrats on Nov. 3.
—A faked letter using NAACP letterhead in Columbia, S.C., claims that those with an outstanding parking ticket or unpaid child support would be arrested if they vote. (A similar letter from the apparently non-existent "Milwaukee Black Voter League" tells voters that if they have been guilty of even a traffic offense and vote then "you can get ten years in prison and your children will get taken away from you.")

—Julia Malone The Palm Beach Post, November 2, 2004

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