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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Wednesday, October 20, 2004

    Ohio voter registrations not all they're cracked up to be 

    Maybe Chad Staton had been sampling the fruits of his voter registration labors when he came up with the names of new voters he had ``registered.'' Staton went too far, however, when he included the name of Jeffrey Dahmer, the multiple murderer, among the registration cards for new voters in Defiance County. Ignoring the technicality that Dahmer is dead, everyone knows he was from Summit County, a Revere High School graduate, and could not be registering in Defiance County. But that didn't stop Staton. Among the some 130 voter registrations he turned in exchange for crack cocaine were Dick Tracy, Mary Poppins and Michael Jordan (a truly mythical basketball player). Defiance County Sheriff David Westrick said Staton, 22, was working on behalf of Georgianne Pitts of Toledo, who was working on behalf of the NAACP National Voter Fund, whose efforts in the Toledo area have been led by Thaddeus J. Jackson II. Jackson's name came up earlier this election season when the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections questioned 17 cards Jackson turned in. He said subordinates were the problem. Well, they seem to be again. Even in jobs-challenged Ohio, good help is hard to find. These hiring rules should apply: Do not hire a person if he will work for crack. Do not hire him if his role models are comic cops and seriously real serial killers.

    Ed Gillespie, chairman of the Republican National Committee, however, is alarmed over possible voter fraud rather than impressed by the crack job being done the election officials and law officers of Defiance County. ``I'll bet you this,'' Gillespie said. ``If mary Poppins and Dick Tracy vote on Election day, they'll vote for John Kerry.''

    No such voter at this address

    In Hamilton County (Cincinnati) and throughout the state, The Enquirer's Jim Siegel reports that thousands of cards mailed to newly registered voters are being returned because postal officials cannot find the registrant. The Republicans charge this is a indication of widespread fraud perpetrated by the Democrats, and the Democrats counter that errors are ``minor'' when viewed in context of the number of new registrants. And so it goes here in the Oh-flor-i-da-io - 2004's wacky election swing state.

    The Dem Fraud Top 10 List

    Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico are tied for first place with two entries apiece on the Dem Fraud-Top 10 List provided by the highly partisan Kevin A. Madden of Bush-Cheney 2004. In addition to the aforementioned registrations-for-crack, the list includes the registration of a Lake County man dead for two decades (hey, we're tough in Ohio; just because we're braindead it doesn't mean we aren't up to voting for the president) and an elderly nursing home resident who can only scrawl an X as her signature. Not sure what's wrong with that. On the old paper ballots, a person only had to put an X in the correct spot in order to vote.

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 8:24 AM

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