It Is So Not Over

From Holden:

Not in Ohio, where even the Republican Secretary of State is contradicting the claims of the Bush Junta:

Ken Blackwell, Ohio’s secretary of state, estimated as many as 175,000 provisional ballots may have been cast. In a report issued Wednesday morning, Blackwell’s office said voters in 78 of the state’s counties had filed 135,149 provisionary ballots. Ten counties had yet to report their provisional totals. Almost 25,000 had been filled out in Cuyahoga County, including Cleveland, where Kerry had won two-thirds of the vote counted so far. [snip] The Bush campaign dismissed Democrats’ claims, saying that no more than 20 percent of the provisional votes usually count. “Even if twice that many end up getting counted, he can’t close the gap of his defeat in the state,” said Bush-Cheney communications director Nicolle Devenish. “It’s desperate.”

Blackwell said about 90 percent of provisional ballots in the 2000 election were found to be valid. His office said verification of the ballots could begin Wednesday, but results would not be available for at least 10 days, a period provided by state law to allow overseas ballots — also considered provisional — to arrive.

It ain’t over in Florida, either:

In Florida, where the contested vote in 2000 galvanized the nation and led to a historic Supreme Court decision, scattered problems were reported with voting machines and several lawsuits were filed, including one alleging mistakes involving mailings of up to 58,000 absentee ballots by officials in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, two epicenters of 2000’s post-election chaos.

Though NBC News called Florida for Bush late Tuesday night, some lawsuits are likely to move ahead. A suit by the ACLU asked for absentee votes to be handled the same as overseas ballots, which can be counted until Nov. 12. A hearing was scheduled for Wednesday morning. With 1.6 million absentee ballots expected in the state, tens of thousands of votes could still be affected.