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Letters Urge Ohio Counties to Ensure Valid Provisional Ballots Are Counted

November 15, 2012

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Brennan Center for Justice sent letters to several Ohio counties to prevent the unwarranted disenfranchisement of many eligible Ohio voters who cast provisional ballots on Election Day. Inflexible and unreliable exact-match verification procedures can lead to the rejection of valid provisional ballots because of minor typos by election officials. There is great concern that this inadequate voter registration look-up system, without additional procedures, places large numbers of provisional ballots cast by registered voters at risk of not being counted. 

To prevent disenfrachisement, the Lawyers' Committee and Brennan Center urge local Boards to to employ flexible datamatching procedures, including multiple checks of both the county-wide and statewide lists, with different searches including wild cards and different configurations of voter data.

Listed below are the letters sent to county Boards in Ohio:

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