Powerful Tools to Protect Ohio’s Elections and Instill Confidence in our System of Voting

Powerful Tools to Protect Ohio’s Elections and Instill Confidence in our System of Voting

December 21, 2016 PARMA, OH-
Ohio economist Jon Morrow and grassroots activist and Ohio State Representative candidate Patty Gascoyne have released a proposal that would allow Ohio citizens the unprecedented right to view how their vote was tabulated by the county board of elections after voting has ended. The proposal would allow citizens, if their vote was tabulated incorrectly, a legal means of recourse to correct their vote.
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“Why shouldn’t we be able to see if our vote was tallied correctly?” said Gascoyne. “Every Ohioan that voted could then be made an election auditor.”

Certainly the sentiment is timely as the accusations of voter fraud have been rampant in the most recent presidential election and many have cried afoul during the Democrat’s primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. While there has been little proof of any major fraud in Ohio’s elections, confidence in our voting system has seemed to wane and all eyes are on electronic voting machines. Was there any fraud? Are we collecting the requisite data to properly audit our elections?
“The issue isn’t fraud, it is voter confidence in the system. Our proposal focuses on three tools that allows the public to get involved in auditing election results and ensuring their accuracy” said Morrow. “If the public has no confidence in the system, then fewer people vote, the less people vote, the more disenfranchised the public is with our government – and the worse it works.”

The issue is not voter fraud, it is voter confidence in the system.

That sentiment seems to ring true as the popularity of Congress continues to dwindle and voters stay home from the election booth. Gascoyne’s and Morrow’s proposal focuses on serialized paper ballots, a modified Voter Photo ID policy, and Voter mapping. The proposal makes the argument that it is time to amend the Ohio Constitution to allow greater transparency in the voting process. Many of the proposals are geared toward the ear of the Republican party but the proposed tools are bi-partisan, even Voter Photo ID. While Democrats have long resisted Voter Photo ID, and Republicans have said it was not necessary or did not want to risk litigation, Gascoyne’s and Morrow’s, solution seems to address the concerns of both Republicans and Democrats.
Currently, Morrow and Gascoyne are shopping the proposal to see whether or not it can gain any political traction. Those that have questions about the proposal can contact Jon Morrow at (419)-602-4425.

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