Saturday, November 27

(More) Election Problems

There is a very good story that was posted a few days ago about all the problems with voting in Ohio on November 2nd. Money quote:

The unavoidable conclusion is that this year's election in Ohio was deeply flawed, that thousands of Ohioans were denied their right to vote, and that the ultimate vote count is very much in doubt.

Read the rest here. Undoubtedly, no matter what happens in Ohio, there will not be near enough votes to change the results. There is just no logical, or mathematical, way that Kerry could pick up the 135,000+ votes he needs by a recount or provisional ballots. That doesn't mean we shouldn't examine what went wrong in this election, however. No matter if it changes the results or not, making sure every vote has been counted is a very worth-while and noble cause. Besides, we all know what could happen in elections these days.

Welcome

Welcome to Destination: Columbus '06. This site is being created in the aftermath of the 2004 election in order to focus on the next big election in Ohio: the Gubernatorial race in 2006. Under the leadership of Governor Bob Taft (R) over the last eight years, Ohio has seen a shaky economy, spiraling budget deficits and a general downhill trend in education. The Statehouse in Columbus has also been rocked with scandals involving the ex-Speaker of the House, Larry Householder (R).

All of these issues, and much more, will be discussed as this site rolls along. As of this moment, no Democratic candidates have officially announced their intent to run. As for the Republicans, the leading contenders are widely believed to be Jim Petro, who made a sort of de facto announcement after Nov. 2, Kenneth Blackwell, and Betty Montgomery. They have moved up a sort of "cursus honorum" in Ohio politics and they all believe it is their turn to reside in the Governor's mansion.

This site is intended to remain rather non-partisan, although I will be honest and tell you that I am a registered Democrat. I will focus on directing you to news stories and then providing some sort of running commentary to them as they develop. I will also be posting biographies about each of the candidates and what pluses/minuses each brings to the table. I hope this will be an evolving process, but always feel free to comment on this website. Thanks so much ahead of time. Let's look forward to a race that has all the potential of being very close and highly controversial.