Ohio county tries to avoid repeat of poll problems

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- County elections officials in Cincinnati will take extra steps Tuesday to avoid provisional ballots problems that led to a federal lawsuit last year.

The Hamilton County elections board director, Sally Krisel (KRIS'-uhl), tells The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/sTJwPP ) poll workers are trained in a two-step process on provisionals. Those ballots are for people who say they are registered but aren't on poll workers' lists.

Krisel says a voter who goes to a precinct table but isn't listed will be sent to a provisional judge who will check the addresses for that precinct. If found, that voter will get a provisional ballot, to then be checked and double-checked before it is counted.

Disputes over provisional ballots led to a federal suit in a 2010 juvenile judge race that remains unresolved in court.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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