Thu. Jul 18th, 2024

College students collect signs from ResponsibleOhio, a pro-marijuana legalization group, at Miami University on October 23 in Oxford, Ohio. A ballot proposal before Ohio voters would be the first in the Midwest to take marijuana use and sales from illegal to legal for both personal and medical use in a single vote. (photo: John Minchillo/AP)

n the lead-up to the November 3 referendum on pot legalization in Ohio, reputable mainstream polls show it winning.

Then, amidst the usual “glitches” that distinguish the Buckeye State’s electronic elections, it officially failed by a 2:1 margin.

The outcome is a virtual statistical impossibility.  But it fits a pattern that has made Ohio elections infamous since the 2004 “selection” of George W. Bush over John Kerry.

As in 2004, this year’s balloting was supervised by a Secretary of State with a heavy partisan stake in the outcome.

In 2004, the presidential voting was supervised by J. Kenneth Blackwell, who simultaneously served as the co-chair of Ohio’s Committee to Re-Elect Bush and Cheney.

In 2015, the general voting was supervised by Jon Husted, who vehemently opposed pot legalization and threatened legal action against the sponsors of the referendum.

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