Get Ready for Chaos: Ohio Republicans Can Vote Twice for President
From the New York Times:
Every Republican primary voter in Ohio has two opportunities to vote for president, in a ballot twist that's only escalating the potential confusion caused by the party's large and fractious field of candidates.
GOP ballots for the March 15 primary feature two boxes for president, one for designating an at-large presidential delegate and one for designating a delegate for the voter's congressional district. It's a carry-over from a time when Ohio's Republican vote was divided proportionally, rather than in the winner-take-all fashion being used in 2016.
The Secretary of State's office says both boxes will be tallied. However, Republicans say only the at-large vote will count.
Further complicating matters? Ballots still list 11 Republican at-large presidential candidates and up to 10 district candidates. Only four remain in the primary race.
Here's what the ballot looks like to voters (see full ballot here):
Are Ohio voters supposed to check the top box if they want their candidate to "win" Ohio? Will checking both boxes get their guy an extra vote? Voters likely have no idea, thanks to these confusing ballots. If they fear double voting and only choose a candidate in the bottom section, it sounds like their vote will not be counted for the GOP presidential primary.