The battle over provisional ballots


Joan Walsh
November 3, 2004 11:37AM (UTC)

People for the American Way's Ralph Neas said it all week long: Provisional ballots in Ohio could be the 2004 version of hanging chads. And while things still look grim for John Kerry, there are an estimated 250,000 provisional ballots in Ohio, which presumably would favor the Democrats. Provisional ballots went to voters who found problems with their registration status when they got to their polling place. People with registration troubles tend to be less affluent and/or minority voters who move frequently -- in other words, Democrats.

On CNN late Tuesday night Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell said final results from provisional ballots would not be available for 11 days. There's still no word from the Kerry campaign on when the senator will speak, but the press office sent a release from campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill at 1:30 a.m. Boston time: "The vote count in Ohio has not been completed. There are more than 250,000 remaining votes to be counted. We believe when they are, John Kerry will win Ohio."

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Joan Walsh

Joan Walsh is the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."

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