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Is the Secretary of State taking on the "Limbaugh Effect"?

March 6, 2008 02:29 PM

And if so, to what ends?

From the Enquirer's Politics Extra:

Brunner's staff has begun to call counties to find out how many crossover voters there were and how many 10x forms were filled out by pollworkers if someone switches parties within two years.

"Once we start to gather the figures of what rate of crossover was, then we can start to dig into . . .what some of the motivations were."

Why is she digging into what some of the motivations were?  How is that an appropriate area of concern?

And what about this?

She does plan to ask counties for statistics and details on voters who signed forms attesting that they switched political parties.

Gathering statistics doesn't concern me.  Gathering "details on voters" does. 

Is she going to also look at the McCain Effect from 2000?  That was when Democrats in Ohio voted for McCain in the Republican primary to slow down George W. Bush.

I say what's good for the goose is good for the gander.  And I think you're playing with fire when you start looking at voter's "motivations."


Maybe she is requesting this information purely out of intellectual curiosity. Someone switching from Dem to Republican is part of the natural maturing process. As people acquire more experience and learn how life works it is common to reassess and become more conservative. However, there is no reasonable explanation for someone going the opposite direction. People don't normally get dumber as they age. And people definitely don't get more liberal as they age. Oops, those sentences were kind of redundant.

Some of that was intended as humor. In all seriousness, I'd like to know how much money she is going to waste on this wild goose chase. Beyond that, what business is it of hers why anyone voted for a particular candidate. Personally, I voted for Fred Thompson and I don't owe her or anyone else an explanation why.

largebill   ·  March 6, 2008 11:54 PM

Agreed. Any "intellectual curiousity" about this should not be at taxpayer expense or done on the government clock. Her job is to ensure a fair and adequate elections process. Not to figure out why people vote as they do.

NBS   ·  March 7, 2008 12:58 PM

Two things:
1) Counties are responsible for printing ballots but the state directs the numbers (something like that). If there has been a dynamic shift they need to be prepared and minimize the waste of printing ballots that wont be used. She's investigating because it may be an aberration or it may be a trend.
2)There are actually laws in Ohio about voter fraud. It is illegal if someone doesn't actually support the candidate and lies about it when they fill out the form for a party registry change. We have a semi-open ballot, not a wholly open ballot like some other states.

carsick   ·  March 7, 2008 04:58 PM

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