Yesterday, someone posted on Facebook the link to an article from Newsweek about fake sample ballots being distributed on Election Day in Marion, Ohio. The link was accompanied by the indignant comment:: "The only way they know how to win is to cheat."
According to the article, "The sample ballots reportedly looked like real voting ballots but with boxes highlighting all of the Republican candidates."
I don't pretend to know election law in Ohio, and I'm certainly not about to defend the actions of Ohio Republicans, but I'm genuinely curious to know how this offense, which made national news, is different from the longstanding tradition in Hudson of distributing "sample ballots," like the one shown below, marked up to indicate how a voter should vote.
People bring these ballots with them to the polls and consult them as they mark their actual ballots. In my capacity as an election inspector on Election Day, I've had to stop people from feeding such "sample ballots" into the scanner and check to make sure the ballots people still had in hand when leaving the polls were those sample ballots and not the actual ones. (It is verboten for a genuine ballot to leave the polling place.) If New York State election law addresses the issue of fake sample ballots, I would certainly like to know what it has to say.
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