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State rep. calls for federal monitors for November election
Rep. Alicia Reece wants federal monitors in Hamilton County for November election
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES
This story is part of a special series.


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A state lawmaker from Cincinnati says the federal government needs to step in to oversee voting in Hamilton County this fall.
Representative Alicia Reece is asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step in and send federal monitors to her home county in November.
State Rep calls for federal monitors for November election

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Reece: "Folks in Hamilton County are concerned. They’ve been questioning me about if I go to the polls on Election day will my vote be counted because it still hasn’t counted since 2010. So I’m asking for the U.S. Attorney General to look at Hamilton county and bring in elections monitors to create more integrity in the process where people feel if I go to the polls that it’s actually going to be counted."

Ingles: "Do you think this is a problem specifically in Hamilton County or is this a problem statewide?"

Reece: "I think it’s a problem statewide because we don’t have a uniform process. We are handling provisional ballots different in each county and that poses a problem if you have statewide or a presidential election. It causes potential disenfranchisement. If you are in one county, it’s counted. If you are in another county, it doesn’t. I’m specifically asking federal monitors to take on Hamilton county but also other counties in th estate but particularly Hamilton county because we still have a situation where 800 votes go today uncounted that were cast in 2010."

Ingles: "The problem with provisional ballots is nothing new. It’s been going on for a long time and we haven’t needed federal people to come in to oversee the process so why now?"

Reece: "Well it’s been going on for a while but we have not addressed it. We’ve been trying to address it through various steps and bills. And we have a bill now to have a uniform process. And our problem continues to grow. We have more people who are coming out to vote, more first time voters, people who want to be involved in the process and when we get them there, they read of something where their vote is not county. Hamiltion county is just a case we caught. It’s probably going on in other places that we haven’t been able to get our arms around. They’ve been in before. And I want to let them know it’s important to be in our district and other parts of the state to make sure that people know….hey when I go in to vote, my vote will actually be counted."

Reece says she’s hoping to have the monitors in by March but thinks it’s more realistic that the monitors won’t be able to make it in until November. She says the larger turnout with the general election is where most of the problems happen anyway. Reece says she will bring up the issue with Attorney General Holder when he visits Cincinnati later this week.

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State Represenative Alicia Reeces wants to prevent disenfranchised voters
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Reece: “We are handling provisional ballots different in each county and that poses a problem if you have statewide or a presidential election. It causes potential disenfranchisement. If you are in one county, it’s counted. If you are in another county, it doesn’t. I’m specifically asking federal monitors to take on Hamilton county but also other counties in th estate but particularly Hamilton county because we still have a situation where 800 votes go today uncounted.”

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