Newspaper’s Review Finds Crossover Voters Treated Differently

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A newspaper has found wide differences in how counties handled voters who switched parties when they voted in Ohio’s March 4 primary.

Thousands of crossover voters in the state’s largest county had to sign statements pledging allegiance to their new party. Now, the Cuyahoga County elections board is investigating whether any Republicans lied on the forms, apparently in the interest of giving John McCain a weaker Democratic opponent for the fall.

A review by The Columbus Dispatch has found other counties didn’t challenge any party switchers, while some did only at the polls, not if the voters used an absentee ballot.

In Mahoning County, which includes Youngstown, crossover voters were challenged but still got a ballot even if they wouldn’t sign the form.

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