Written By: Ishton W. Morton – September 20th, 2020
On-Tuesday September 8th, 2020 Frank LaRose, Ohio’s elections chief said; he is continuing to take steps to head off a potentially chaotic November election, including adding clarity to absentee ballot request forms, tracking poll worker recruitment and upgrading his website so the potentially large number of outstanding absentee ballots will be clearly visible on Election Night.
Reportedly, the Secretary of State said it will be a “nightmare scenario” if a candidate inaccurately declared victory based on incomplete, unofficial results.
During a Statehouse briefing he added, “The old election official’s prayer is, ‘Lord, whoever wins, let them win big,’ right? So we know that’s not always the case here in Ohio. We’ve had some tight margins in the past. Ohioans make you earn your victory. Nobody gets an easy ride here.”
He said reporting the number of outstanding absentee ballots is designed to make it “abundantly clear” if one candidate has defeated another or if more counting is needed to determine the victor. LaRose emphasized that results reported November 3rd, 2020, or into the morning of November 4th, 2020, will still be unofficial, as always, with official results reported weeks later.
Accordingly to avoid disenfranchisement, LaRose strongly urged voters to be wary of the words and deeds of some fellow Republicans, reiterating an “effective deadline” of October 27th, 2020 for requesting mail-in ballots that precedes the actual GOP-penned cutoff by four days and labeling President Donald Trump’s advice that people vote twice as “misinformation.”0+
During the same Statehouse briefing he added “Certainly, that doesn’t fall in the disinformation protocol that our office has set up, but it does fall into the category of I guess what you would call misinformation. Where something incorrect was said and it’s my responsibility as secretary of state to make sure Ohioans know the facts, and that is: Vote once and your vote will be counted.”
Positively, LaRose said 7.8 million absentee ballot applications were mailed in time for Labor Day and that the embattled U.S. Postal Service appears to have gotten many of them to their destinations even sooner. He continued to say Ohioans may receive similar applications in the coming weeks from other sources, including political parties, candidates and ideological groups – and that’s perfectly legal.
Moreover, he added there’s no need to send in duplicate requests, which add work for local boards. He noted the ballots themselves will not be mailed out until October 6th, 2020 when early in-person and absentee voting begins. Meanwhile, voter registration will end on Monday October 5th, 2020. “The message should be loud and clear: Submit your absentee ballot requests, but you only need to submit one of those.” The voteohio.gov website allows voters to track the balloting process.
LaRose said application forms have been redesigned this year to try to prevent two of the most common mistakes: Writing in the current date where one’s date of birth should be, and forgetting to sign where requested. He said he’s allowed county election boards to address such issues by phone or email this year, rather than by mail, in hopes of speeding and easing the process. That’s why forms ask for a phone number and email address.
Although no one really saw this coming, the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg may have just set the stage for a battle between Democrat and Republican across the country showing just racist Republican lawmakers.
In a 2016 video Senator Lindsey Graham is insisting that Supreme Court vacancies should never be filled in an election year is going viral as the death Ruth Bader Ginsburg set the stage for a battle between Democrat and Republican lawmakers.
Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is under pressure to reject any Supreme Court nominee put forward by Donald Trump to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg as he himself has repeatedly promised to do.
Subsequently here is text that says: “McConnell’s own words: Don’t fill SCOTUS seat during election. McConnell speaks to camera saying, “We haven’t filled a vacancy created during a presidential election year in 80 years. The stakes are enormous. The American people would like to have a say in it, and we’re going to guarantee that they do have a say in it by choosing the next president of the United States.” Click here MoveOn.org/RBG.
In 2016, Senate Republicans including U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas refused to confirm President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace Ginsburg’s close friend Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia died months before that year’s presidential election.
Now watch Ted Cruz calling on Trump and senate for urgent appointment and confirmation of new Supreme Court justice. The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg left the Texas political class in shock Friday night. Oh, what manner of hypocrisy. It is greatly believed that any deviation from that which was implemented in 2016 presidential election approximately 10 months from that election to make new changes in this election which is approximately 40 days from the 2020 election can and may have devastating consequences at the polls against Republican lawmakers in their respective states.
Nevertheless, LaRose continues to lobby for the necessary clearance to pay postage on all ballots. His request is set for a vote by the powerful state Controlling Board on Monday. He said it’s too late to preprint the postage on envelopes, so if the request is approved, his office will purchase stamps in bulk that local boards will adhere to envelopes themselves.
Meanwhile LaRose continued to be steadfastly minded as he said, all the policy arguments he’s heard against prepaid postage have been based on inaccurate information and he is hopeful for a positive vote. Prepaid ballot postage doesn’t advantage one party over another. To this LaRose is likely to prompt voters to turn around their completed ballots sooner.
Finally, he added; Poll workers are still needed in counties across the state and he’s begun tracking recruitment by county to show whose ready and who’s not. He said five separate recruitment programs are in place, encouraging participation by younger citizens, working Ohioans, charities, military veterans and licensed professionals.