Hundreds of Sucky Ohio Poll Workers Retrained or Fired

"Okay, so maybe there's just a little bit of voter fraud." Credit: ProgressOhio-Foter-CC-BY-NDDespite past insistence from the Ohio Secretary of State that voter fraud is rare in the swing state, one county is booting or retraining hundreds of poll workers after discovering that the 2012 election was fraught with problems.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that after a months-long assessment, “hundreds of Hamilton County poll workers will be retrained—and 163 'retired'—as a result of voting problems.” The paper illuminates details about the situation:

That includes 94 workers at 16 precincts that will be completely restaffed because of a high number of errors....

• Six workers at the Madisonville Recreation Center aren’t being asked back because they scored poorly on 11 of the 26 areas assessed....

• 29 won’t be asked back because an assessment of their work showed they don’t vote. The county’s four board of elections members said voting should be a prerequisite to processing other people’s votes.

• 34 won’t be asked back after complaints and notes from Election Day that all poll workers keep showed they weren’t performing up to standards. Some were using outdated procedures, ignoring recent directives.

In total, Hamilton county experienced 1,931 mishaps in which voters were allowed to cast ballots outside of their designated location or precinct. The board of elections determined this to be “unacceptable.”

The Enquirer also finds that “all but one of the 16 polling locations that are being re-staffed have a Democratic precinct judge, the presiding authority at a polling site.”

Nevertheless, the paper's review shows incompetence among the poll workers transcended political party and race:

But those 94 workers are an equal mix of Democrats and Republicans because polling locations are set up with a balance from each party.

An Enquirer analysis of 2010 U.S. Census data found that, of the 23 census tracts the troubled precincts include, 13 are predominantly black and 10 are predominantly white.

Reason previously highlighted Melowese Richardson, the precinct judge at the Madisonville rec center, who voted multiple times as herself in 2012 and several times for others over several elections, and is now serving five years in prison for voter fraud.

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  • cw||

    See? There's no voter fraud.

    /Tony

  • Almanian!||

    This is what I heard Juan Williams say (in essence) last night when I was driving home. They were debating the HORRIBLE ZOMFG!!! changes in voter registrations somewhere (NC? SC??). Mr. Williams indicated that voter fraud or error is SO LOW that there was no point to tightening up ID requirements.

    I believe these "errors" in OH demonstrate the robustness of the voting process. I know I feel confident that there's no fraud, anywhere, ever, and that the process is damned near perfect, and we certainly wouldn't want to make it more difficult than breathing to vote.

    La Raza! I mean...USA! USA! USA!

  • CampingInYourPark||

    This is totally not widespread fraud and having an ID law wouldn't have stopped this

    /Richard J. Daley

  • AlexInCT||

    Dead people have a right to vote, and vote often!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...voters were allowed to cast ballots outside of their designated location or precinct.

    I take it these weren't provisional ballots that would be later scrutinized but instead votes that were counted.

    Unfortunately, the narrative is out there that there is no such thing as voter fraud so no matter how much evidence is presented, it won't change that narrative.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Unfortunately, the narrative is out there that there is no such thing as voter fraud so no matter how much evidence is presented, it won't change that narrative.

    Do you mean to suggest that the media will put its narrative ahead of the truth? Shocked I am.

  • db||

    Can we please stop using the word "narrative" for this sort of thing and call it what it is: a preferred lie?

  • Almanian!||

    "Preferred Lie" - yeah, that's the TEATHUGLICAN narrative...

  • db||

    I mean, unless we really imagine all these lies to be condescendingly explained to us in real time by Ron Howard, "narrative" may not be the best word.

    Wow. Imagine Big Brother as Ron Howard explaining everything to you a la Arrested Development, but with every explanation twisted away from the truth in some way.

  • Almanian!||

    Must...get...vision....out of...HEAD!!!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Shenanigans!

  • AlexInCT||

    False scandal!

  • mad libertarian guy||

    In total, Hamilton county experienced 1,931 mishaps in which voters were allowed to cast ballots outside of their designated location or precinct. The board of elections determined this to be “unacceptable.”

    The Enquirer also finds that “all but one of the 16 polling locations that are being re-staffed have a Democratic precinct judge, the presiding authority at a polling site.”

    Voter fraud is a myth!

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    I just hope this doesn't damage the narrative that requiring voters to show a picture ID is the new Jim Crow.

  • cw||

    In order to check our privilege, some voters should get to vote more than once.

    But only if they vote for Democrats.

  • C. Anacreon||

    Yes, they might have to retire the Doonesbury strip because that's about the only thing it's about any more.

    I keep wondering whenever I hear Dems bleat that voter ID leads to blocking black voters because they don't have ID -- why doesn't 1) anyone challenge that, it seems like BS -- there's almost no way you can do practically anything anymore without an ID: cash a check, get a library card, get on a train or plane, buy liquor, etc. Are there really that many people who "can't get ID"? And when these huge numbers of minorities are quoted as not having picture ID, do those numbers include children? Because yes, they often don't have picture ID, but they are also ineligible to vote. I have to think just about everyone here legally 18 and over has ID.

    Also, 2) why don't Republicans call their bluff, and say what a shame it is that people don't have this absolutely-necessary-these-days ID, so they are starting a major effort to ensure everyone eligible gets a free state-issued ID, including mobile stations in the inner city? They could get everyone signed up easily. And then the Dems couldn't say it was Jim Crow?

  • db||

    Yeah, since walking around without ID can be technically illegal if you get stopped by a cop and asked for it, I don't buy that most people don't have one.

    But registration of the right to vote and requiring ID to exercise it is a terrifying and sinister plot by the Man. Now replace the word "vote" in the previous sentence with "bear arms" and see if the same people agree with you.

  • Ptah-Hotep||

    Yeah, since walking around without ID can be technically illegal if you get stopped by a cop and asked for it, I don't buy that most people don't have one.

    I often am out without an ID. I have been asked for it by cops and told them that I didn't have it. Never had a issue. Where are you that not having ID is illegal?

  • db||

    Pretty sure there have been court cases where a pedestrian asked to ID themselves could not/did not have adequate ID on them, and were detained. I could be wrong about this. Can anyone back me up?

  • SugarFree||

    Hiibel

    Our robed overlords made "Your papers, comrade" a reality.

  • db||

    Where are you that the cops don't hassle you for ID? I'd imagine in the areas where most people who are "too poor for ID" live, the standard interaction with police is somewhat different.

  • Ptah-Hotep||

    Where are you that the cops don't hassle you for ID?

    Colorado.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "Now replace the word "vote" in the previous sentence with "bear arms""

    The problem with the comparison is that you can go to Bubba's Gun Range and shoot off some rounds regardless of who you are and where you live - you can be from out of state for all Bubba cares - but you can't go to a precinct's polling place unless you live in the precinct and are registered. You can't breeze in from out of the precinct, or out of the state, and cast a vote at the local polling station in some random person's name. To block you from doing that, and ID requirement may be useful.

    Bubba doesn't need to exclude out-of-precinct or out-of state voters from his shooting range.

  • rac3rx||

    The TX statute that requires a photo ID to vote also provides a free photo ID to anyone who can't afford to pay the fee. That didn't matter to Donks. You're not ever going to stop these idiots from screaming RACISM at anything that might hinder their ability to commit voter fraud.

    I just wanted to know if they can bus all these fuckers to the polls to vote 3 time each on election day, why can't they bus 'em down to the DPS for their free IDs?

  • Dr. Frankenstein||

    The argument seems to be is that minorities do not aquire state issued ID's. I think they're more than capable of handling this basic life skill on there own. Exactly who is supposed to be the racist here.

  • Dr. Frankenstein||

    their own. I on the other hand need a lot of help.

  • ||

    An Enquirer analysis of 2010 U.S. Census data found that, of the 23 census tracts the troubled precincts include, 13 are predominantly black and 10 are predominantly white.

    Uh-oh: disperate impact. They can't go through with the reforms now.

  • ||

    *disparate

  • Almanian!||

    "Dispirited"...I am

  • General Butt Naked||

    I'm desperate, but that's another matter.

  • cw||

    Desperate

  • General Butt Naked||

    Damn you!

  • cw||

    You were really desperate, I see.

  • T||

    I spent seven years as a poll worker and an election judge. Here's the problem in Texas: they're all volunteers. I got to take a day of vacation so I could get paid a whopping 6 dollars an hour to deal with general public trying to vote. This meant, quite literally, dealing with drooling mouth-breathers trying to comprehend electronic voting machines. I was also the youngest election judge in the training, usually by at least 2 decades.

    There's a hard limit in this state on how complex you can make the voting procedures and still a) get them followed in practice and b) get enough volunteers to work the polls.

    I dunno how it goes everywhere else, you've got to focus on acheivable results. That's why I like voter ID. You can remove both the individual fraud and the precinct level fraud with voter ID.

  • albo||

    6 bucks an hour? pfft--i get 6.25 for a 15-hour day. I'm rolling in it.

    We've had touch screen machines for about 8 years now, and lots of my senior citizen voters (who show up every election and primary) still need to be shown what to do.

    To be fair, they used the old mechanical voting machines for most of the last century. Those things were great. Pull the big handle, *chunk,* and it really feels like you're voting.

  • cw||

    I got to take a day of vacation so I could get paid a whopping 6 dollars an hour[....]

    Isn't that against the federal minimum wage requirement? Well, at least since 2010, anyway.

  • AlexInCT||

    In my Connecticut small town, i have to present my driver's license, which gets checked agains a town roll by street address, before I get to vote for anything. In Hartfordor any of the other big towns asking people to show ID is akin to something criminal.

  • albo||

    I'm a poll worker--judge of election for my precinct.I'm an anomaly, not being over age 70 like other poll workers.

    So even in the course of normal voting operations, lots of mistakes are made. Poll workers aren't perfect, and it's worse after you change rules--old folks aren't known for adapting well to change. Plus you only work twice a year, and it's easy to forget.

    Not trying to excuse shoddy poll running, but the old ladies checking your signature are just as human as you are, and like all humans, 50 percent of them are below-average intelligence.

  • rac3rx||

    50 percent of them are below-average intelligence

    You're being extremely generous. My past experience as an Election Judge indicates just lowest common denominator all the way down.

  • albo||

    It's not exactly a job people line up to do. It's a long day, you can't watch TV or listen to the radio, you're stuck in some grungy firehall or school cafeteria, and you quickly learn more about the varieties of human hygene habits than you ever wanted to know.

  • CampingInYourPark||

    It's not exactly a job people line up to do. It's a long day, you can't watch TV or listen to the radio

    Did you at least have some Obama campaign posters to gaze admiringly at?

  • albo||

    No, but it was fun betting which voters were his at those two elections, and pretty easy, too--99 percent had never shown up before and had no clue how to sign in and vote.

  • T||

    not being over age 70 like other poll workers.

    Word.

  • Almanian!||

    You said "poll"....then you said "worker"....huh huh, huh huh, huh huh...

  • cw||

    That's albo's way of confessing his past life. Though I'm surprised he only made six an hour. Must not be including tips.

  • albo||

    True. I could never spin my tassles fast enough to make the big tips...

  • Robert||

    They similarly cleaned house here in the Bronx after some chickenshit violations, and as a result we wound up with some pretty clueless supervisors promoted in their place.

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