Report Finds Racial, Income and Age Disparities in Provisional Ballots Use in Ohio’s Franklin County

All Voting is Local - Press Release,  May 30, 2019

Black, low-income and young voters cast a disproportionately high number of provisional ballots and urges county officials to confront the inequities with comprehensive voter education and increased poll worker training. ...

Provisional ballots are often considered a “last resort” for voters who encounter problems at the polls, such as not appearing in the poll books, showing up at the wrong polling location or having insufficient ID. ...

The report also highlights personal stories from 2018 Franklin County voters to illustrate the burden to voters when the election system relies too heavily on provisional ballots. The report describes how a voter was told to vote by provisional ballot, despite being a registered voter with a valid ID.

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