Ohio SoS Issues New Directive on Abesentee Ballots:

Yesterday, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner issued a directive to county election boards instructing them to give would-be absentee voters notice about potential irregularities (e.g. birthdate mismatches) and an opportunity to provide additional information before discarding the ballots. This seems rather sensible. Dan Tokaji has more on the directive here.

Meanwhile, Ohio newspapers are reporting long lines but few problems in morning voting. In some counties, local election boards are prepared to provide paper ballots to voters if lines become to long. I'm off to vote now, and I hope I avoided the morning rush.

In other news, the state GOP has revived one of its federal lawsuits against Brunner for alleged violations of the Help America Vote Act.