Left: The much-maligned Diebold voting machine
(Toledo, OH) There is a low rumbling in Ohio this week, as pundits begin to forecast another round of poorly-executed, manipulated, and embarassing elections in the state that sent George W. Bush back to the White House in 2004.
While Daily Kos can sometimes be annoyingly partisan, there is a disturbing post by one of the more reliable DK denizens in the Beltway, KStreetProjector, who claims to have sat in on a meeting in which GOP legislators leaked their plans for putting up roadblocks to "marginal" Democratic voters. (Hat tip to Microdot for sending me the link)
The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that some Ohio counties are struggling to meet the expectations of new laws regarding absentee ballots, while the NAACP announced that Ohio is one of the states in which it will be sending workers to monitor the elections.
The New York Times, in an article that hit the wire just 20 minutes before this post, lists Ohio as of the states "most likely to experience difficulties" in November.
“We’ve got new laws, new technology, heightened partisanship and a growing involvement of lawyers in the voting process,” said Tova Wang, an election specialist for the Century Foundation, a nonpartisan research group. “We also have the greatest potential for problems in more places next month than in any voting season before.”
Brace yourselves, folks. Looks like Ohio might once again be a hotbed of electoral controversy and charges of election fraud.