Ohio's provisional ballots have campaigns watching closely
November 6th, 2012
11:29 AM ET
1 year ago

Ohio's provisional ballots have campaigns watching closely

(CNN) – Ohio's provisional ballots have the campaigns even more focused on arguably the most hotly contested state in the presidential election: Ohio.

"We are going to watch those ballots closely," said Obama senior adviser David Axelrod on CNN's "Starting Point." "We want to make sure that everybody's voice is heard in this election."

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For its part, a Romney campaign official told CNN "we're paying attention" and "we'll be ready" if there is a need for a legal intervention in Ohio or anywhere else.

If vote totals are close, an official recount in Ohio could be ordered or one or more candidates or a political party could challenge the outcome in court.

Provisional ballots could be key if Ohio margin razor thin

Courts have ordered that voters, not officials at the polling locations, fill out provisional ballots – ballots used to record a vote if the voter's eligibility is in question. This leaves room for error and the possibility of a ballot improperly filled out to be discarded.

Just over 200,000 people voted using provisional ballots in the state in 2008 and Ohio's Secretary of State Jon Husted said around 200,000 will be cast on Election Day this time. Local election boards in Ohio are given up to 10 days to determine provisional ballot eligibility.

Ohio secretary of state defends election decisions

The politically diverse state of Ohio has 18 electoral votes. No Republican candidate has won with presidency without carrying the state.

Axelrod was confident in his campaign's chances in the Buckeye State.

"The fact of the matter is that every bit of data out of Ohio in the last few days has been very encouraging to us and particularly the early voting," he said assessing that their enthusiasm in the state comes from "cold, hard data" while the other side's "optimism is based on some unseen, hidden wave."

CNN's Dana Davidsen, Bill Mears and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Ohio
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. truth hurts

    "We want to make sure that everybody's voice is heard in this election."
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    Don't you mean "We want to make sure that every legal citizen's voice is heard in this election."????

    I am more concerned than ever that legal citizens of this country will be disenfranchised by the acts of the Democrat Party to make sure elections are as chaotic and fraud prone as possible. Everything they advocate opens the door to more and more fraud.

    November 6, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. California Gary

    I believe the GOP made a tactical error when they launched so many efforts to suppress the vote. They had the opposite effect that they intended......people are more determined than ever to get out and vote now. A number of those folks may have been complacent and not made the effort until the GOP got their fur up by trying to take away their right to vote. And truth hurts.......you are really delusional if you really think it's the Democrats that are trying to cause chaos and confusion at the polls. Do you really believe your own mularky, or are you just messing with us?

    November 6, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. 4moreyears

    @Truth hurts

    Sounding just like republicans who are out there suppressing the vote. There is no fraud, the only fraud is those out there intimidating folks are trying to prevent people from voting. SMH

    November 6, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. john

    @truth hurts

    Republicans in many states have been trying to disenfranchise citizens of their state with these bogus voting laws. Citing it "quality/integrity" of the vote. I seem to remember when they thought that black people voting would damage the "quality/integrity" of the vote. That is why the supreme courts have recognized and struck down these measures that only exist to hinder people of lower socioeconomic status. This was the last chance for republicans and they know it. The share of minority voters in the next election will be immense, and they will remember who went to bat for their rights when it comes time to exercise them.

    The truth really is gonna hurt when they announce Obama's sweep of Ohio and Florida when east coast polling ends. I hope you have a comfy pillow to cry into.

    November 6, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well I voted,
    Now let the chips fall where they may.The problems facing the country are not going to go away regardless of who is elected. As some of you know, there was no Budget passed the last 4 years. There was scant Leadership in Washington the last 4 years. Regardless of what happens the President has to lead. He can't assign it to someone else.

    November 6, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Francisco DeCastro

    @truth hurts

    Onama will wim fair and square. The truth hurts..

    November 6, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Ancient Texan wrote:

    Rudy, The State department testified before Congress that budget cuts had nothing to do with the refusal to add protection.
    ------------------
    That's remarkable news considering that Congress has been in recess.

    November 6, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Republicans in many states have been trying to disenfranchise citizens of their state with these bogus voting laws. Citing it "quality/integrity" of the vote."

    Yo know the best part of that whole thing? A few weeks ago, they held some sort of a panel for these people, including voter fraud myth guru hans Van Spakovsky, and their argument became the following: "voter ID laws are justified even if there is no voter fraud because it would protect the system from the mere appearance of possible voter fraud and there are so many people afraid of it." They essentially argued that, after they went out and scred everyone senseless with disprovenm, tinfoil hatted conspiracy theories of pervasive voter fraud, that the baseless fear they instilled is the justification for voter ID laws. Orwell literally crapped his casket over that one.

    November 6, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    truth hurts confabulated

    These are capitals gains rates that have always been lower, even when Clinton was president. I though tall you Obama clones were for going back to the tax rates in the 90's?
    -----
    No, no, no, no. That's not even close to the truth. Good grief.

    The capital gains rates under Pres. Clinton were the same as earned income. The first round of Bush Tax Cuts reduced the rate on capital gains by 50%.

    Just because you sell capital instead of widgets doesn't mean you should pay a lower tax rate.

    November 6, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. BetterDaysAhead

    Funny how integrity always disenfranchises democrats?? ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!

    November 6, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "No, no, no, no. That's not even close to the truth. Good grief."

    Now now, Rudy, he's perfectly free to live in the comfortable alternate reality he manufactured for himself. In fact, you can and should expect that they will be retreating more deeply into its insular confines after Obama wins today. Their only response to being told by voters that their obscene radicalization of their party wasn't a good strategy will be to doubel down on it. You can take that to the bank.

    November 6, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Phil

    Axelrod looks like a 70's door to door salesmen! Now he is just tryint to sell America on cheap politics and more broken promises. Such a tool

    November 6, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Scottish Mama

    The gerrymeandering in Missouri and other states by the republicans are making it harder to vote.

    November 6, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Rudy NYC
    "No, no, no, no. That's not even close to the truth. Good grief."
    -------------------------------------------------

    Rudy!!! Don't let these fools get you all worked up, remember you're still convalescing.
    Good to have you back my friend.

    November 6, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. ER

    I can't wait for this election to be over. If Mitt wins, I need to seriously consider what will happen when this country collapses. I don't want Obama, but christ, Mitt is a joke. Vote independent!

    November 6, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. lnd72

    Come on Ohio! Vote Romney/Ryan. I did my part, but my vote won't mean much in my blue state.

    November 6, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    California Gary

    I believe the GOP made a tactical error when they launched so many efforts to suppress the vote. They had the opposite effect that they intended......people are more determined than ever to get out and vote now
    -------------------------------------------------
    EXACTLY!!!
    Here's another HUGE tactical error by the GOPeeing Teatards: their undisguised disdain, disrespect and obstruction of this President for the past 4 years. And each year they got more comfortable and more blatant about it.

    HUGE. H-U-G-E MISTAKE on the part of the GOP!

    We're more DETERMINED than ever to re-elect this President.
    And we WILL.
    Obama 2012.

    November 6, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |