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Tough Ohio laws would eliminate certain votes

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]>> Thanks to tough new election laws in Ohio, some voters could see their ballots tossed simply for misspelling a name or forgetting a Social Security number. The laws pushed through by Republican lawmakers require voters to accurately fill out personal information on absentee and provisional ballots or they'll be rejected, even if the votes are otherwise valid.
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Political correspondent John Whitesides traveled to Ohio for the story.>> The issue is that this law is enforced differently from county to county. We found in looking at the data that the bigger urban counties that have more voters, more Democratic leaning voters, are more inclined to throw out these ballots for these technical errors.
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>> After the laws took effect in 2014, 3,000 Ohio ballots were thrown out in the mid-term Congressional election.>> I was in Ohio and talked to voters who had their ballots didn't count in 2014 because of these sorts of errors. One person transposed the numbers in their Social Security number.
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Another person who's legally blind, who we mentioned in this story, put the current date in the field where they were supposed to put their birth date, and it was tossed because of that. Really they're sort of surprised when they learn that their votes didn't count. This law obviously affects not a huge number of votes in a state where up to 6 million votes might be cast.
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We're talking about a few thousand. But in Ohio, which is one of the most fierce battlegrounds in the country in the Presidential election and for the fight for the Senate, that number of votes could be the difference.>> Georgia and Wisconsin have similar so-called perfect ballot laws. Opponents of the Ohio law appealed to the US Supreme Court, asking that ballots with minor mistakes be counted this year.
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But late Monday, without comment, the Supreme Court denied the request.