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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Friday, October 29, 2004

    So, if we're a joke, what's the punch line? 

    If the Ohio Republican Party's voter challenges around the state are similar to the 976 thrown out in Summit County, Ohio deserves to be regarded as this election's national joke. All a person needs to know about the farce that occurred at the Summit County Board of Elections is that Alex Arshinkoff, chairman of the country Republican Party, sought to distance himself from this insult to voters perpetrated by his party's state organization. And then the Ohio Republican Party did not even bother to show up. It left it to the four pitiful stalking horses who had filed challenges because someone told them to and with no personal knowledge of any wrongdoing. Move over Florida. Here we come. This is unmitigated attempt to intimidate voters. If the challengers - Barbara Miller, Howard Calhoun, Madge Doerler and Louis Wray - are not held legally accountable for making false claims on the challenge forms, they should be subjected to the public ridicule they so richly deserve.

    Speaking of which...

    Chairman Arshinkoff has had to hire a security service to guard his Bush-Cheney yard sign over which there is a legal fight with Hudson. (The city says it is too large. Arshinkoff, wife Karen and the ACLU say it is just right because it is not about the dimensions of the physical materials but about the breadth of the right of free speech.) He should just turn the job over to these Republican pitbulls, Miller, Calhoun, Doerler and Wray. Maybe they'd have more teeth as sign security than they had as voter challengers.

    And elsewhere in the State of Challenges...

    The Plain Dealer thinks ``Confusion reigns over Ohio voting,'' but it hasn't seen nothin' yet. (Hey, we thought the PD was sitting this one out; isn't that what you guys announced?) As Ohioblog buddy Greg Korte reports in The Enquirer, the federal courthouse in Cincinnati has taken ``center stage for two nationally watched pre-election battles over who has the right to vote - and whether a political party has the right to challenge potential voters at the polls on Election Day.'' Summit County Democrats have jumped into the middle of the fray with their federal lawsuit objecting to poll challengers who will confront questionable voters on Election Day. Ohioblog hopes one of them comes to Green Precinct 2-D looking for the Blog, cause Blog is ready to rumble.

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 10:30 AM

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