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Ohio State Government November 5, 2002 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Secretary of State; State of Ohio

The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Ohio and asked of all candidates for this office.

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1. What statewide changes would you recommend in voting procedures or mechanisms?

Answer from Bryan Flannery:

Improve Ohio's elections technology on a statewide basis, because we had the third highest number of defective ballots in the nation cast in the 2000 Presidential Election. Work with the Ohio Legislature and Boards of Elections in each county to improve the integrity of elections, dramatically reduce the errors in elections, and upgrade Ohio's election equipment. Would make uniformity of equipment standards the same from the top down. Would provide state money to counties to accomplish improving and upgrading voting equipment.

Answer from J. Kenneth Blackwell:

I have lobbied the Ohio General Assembly and both houses of Congress for increased funding and standards for new voting machines. I held an Elections Summit to examine Ohio's voting procedures, which led to the passage of HB 5. This codified many procedures and created the Election System Study Committee, which I chaired. From that committee, I led a group of reformers that recommended the legislature adopt three basic standards for all future purchases of voting machines: They must prevent over-voting, have a second-chance option for voters to review their ballot and create a paper audit trail.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. Word limits for answers are 100 words for each question. Words over the limit will be cut off in published information. Direct references to opponents are not permitted.

The order of the candidates is random and changes daily.

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