Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
By John Gideon on 10/12/2008, 4:19pm PT  

Election officials across the country are beginning to make the same statements they make before every election. In order to try to give the voters some confidence they are talking about how they are ready. The voting machines are programmed and tested and all set and this year they will have another successful election. Of course on Nov. 4, just 23 days from today, we will hear the same reports of voter disenfranchisement, long lines at the polls causing voters to give up and not vote, vote flipping on touch-screen machines, and all of the other negative reports, and many will come from the very same jurisdictions that are now talking about being ready.

In a year when turn-out is predicted to be much higher than ever before county election officials should be looking to add polling sites yet in Fairfield Co, Ohio, the county has decided to delete 25 polling sites. This will cause voters to have to travel a further distance to vote and will increase the length of the lines. The county claims they are being forced into this decision by recent rulings from the Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner. If that is correct then Brunner needs to reconsider her rulings. If the county is just trying to make it more difficult for voters to vote, then Brunner needs to re-direct the county. Either way Brunner needs to take action....

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