Apparently, Jon Husted has been reading esrati.com
Ohio’s elections chief is seeking a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss elements of federal law that he says are preventing the state from maintaining accurate voter rolls.
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) says he sent a letter to Holder on Friday containing his request.
Husted says he has identified two counties in the state where U.S. Census figures identify fewer residents of eligible voting age than the number of registered voters appearing on state rolls. He says federal regulations limit Ohio’s ability to remove ineligible names from voter rolls that could increase the potential for voter fraud.
I pointed out the problem with the voter rolls on March 10, 2011:
According to the Board of Elections, we have 100,792 registered voters.
According to the Census we have 141,527 residents. Simple math says 71% of our residents are registered to vote. But, wait- we have residents under 18, and therefore not eligible to vote- according to the census bureau, in Ohio, 23.5% are under 18.
That means we have 108,268 residents over 18 and eligible to vote- and 100,792 registered voters- or 93% of voters are registered. How could any candidate turn in petitions, gathered using the voter registration rolls- come in under 93% correct signatures- since almost EVERYONE would be a registered voter.
However, the fraud isn’t being committed by the voters- it’s by the people running the elections and making sure voters stay disenfranchised or disinterested in voting.
As an insurgent candidate, I can tell you that the bad data makes it more expensive for me to effectively run a campaign targeted toward those most likely to vote for me, or even vote. When you look at cost-per-voter costs, each non-voter I have to call, mail or knock on doors of is wasted effort. When you factor in that Ohio also had laws limiting the rights of third party candidates to get on the ballot and makes it incredibly hard for independents to run, you start to realize why people have lost interest in voting.
It doesn’t help that many people opt out of registering to vote because of their fear of being called to jury duty, where you are paid sub-slave wages to give up your work to do your civic duty ($12 a day is laughable).
If this state were serious about solving voting fraud issues, we’d eliminate local control by boards of elections (at least ones run by the two partisan parties) and have a statewide voter database, and vote via mail with one ballot per voter that can be more easily tracked and accounted for. The way we run elections is a joke, but, this issue of who is on the rolls is only a small part of it.