Not that Jon Husted is the brightest bulb in the box- but, he is on to something (for all the wrong reasons). We currently have 88 different boards of elections, all run differently, all using one of 5 lame software systems for keeping voter rolls, and using one of 3 electronic voting systems. Yes, we need a better consolidated system- especially with congressional districts cutting right down the middle of some of the more populous counties.
To start off- here’s what Jon, “I live in Kettering” Husted is worried about- and then I’ll explain why this affects you:
Ohio’s top elections official says it appears that thousands of voters considered “active” are anything but.
Secretary of State Jon Husted says a report has found nearly 18,500 dead people on the state’s voter rolls. Records of registered voters were cross-checked with a list of deceased Ohioans maintained by the state Health Department.
The secretary is asking county elections boards to purge those who are deceased from the statewide voter database.
Husted said in a statement Tuesday that the integrity of voter data is critical from a cost, quality and confidence standpoint.
He wants to establish a more centralized state database so his office could more easily compare voter information with files kept by several state agencies, including the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the prisons department.
In Dayton, with out glorious 1913 charter, we base our petition process for recall and for putting issues on the ballot- on “a percentage of registered voters” instead of on a “percentage of voters in the last general election.” This makes it near impossible for the people to petition government.
Of course, if you are trying to run as an independent, and want to run for a district that cuts across counties (like the U.S. House) and you don’t have access to the database technology that the parties maintain (with the help of their partisan board of elections)- you will be forever at a serious disadvantage in trying to come up with a simple database of the voters in your district. Different systems, different data structures, different levels of access (some allow you to access this data online- some in person, some on CD- with different formats etc…)
One central, open, honest database would go a long way to making it easier for independent candidates to access the data that is critical to running a campaign.
If you’d like to see the Dayton Charter provisions struck down as unconstitutional and put in compliance with the Ohio Revised Code- please consider a donation to the legal fund: http://electesrati.com/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/contribute/transact&reset=1&id=5&widgetID=1
All the money will be going to the attorneys. Thank you,