Roland Gilbert, a blind 86-year-old Franklin County resident, stands for a portrait at his home in Columbus, Ohio

In Ohio, a spelling error could cost you your vote

Roland Gilbert, a blind 86-year-old Franklin County resident, stands for a portrait at his home in Columbus, OhioThe 86-year-old retired Ohio lawyer, who is legally blind, completes his absentee ballot with help from a machine that magnifies the print. Local election officials rejected it because it did not perfectly match his registration information on file. “I felt foolish for making a silly mistake.” Laws passed by the Republican-led Ohio state legislature in 2014 require voters to accurately fill out their personal information on absentee or provisional ballots or they will be rejected – even if the votes are otherwise valid.

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