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Author: Subject: The Ohio Presidential Election Inperson Voting Started........Today!!

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 02:12 PM
That is correct. The voting for the 2009 presidential, state, and local elections began today. And, you can register to vote and then actually vote at the same time, on the same day. Of course, the problem is that those who register to vote and vote immediately are not vetted as far as eligibility goes. But, with a long election form this year and considering the long lines here in the battleground state of Ohio that happen in a presidential election year, this is a good thing.

The morning started with campers who camped out all night to be the first in line at election headquarters, and breakfast was cooked, and so forth. Over 100 people were in line by 8am and the day is going along. You can keep up with it live by listening to Urban talk radio WDBZ The Buzz of Cincinnati who is broadcasting live all day outside of the Urban League building. Lincoln Ware was on in the morning and will be back on live at 6pm until 9pm on the radio and online - www.1230thebuzz.com.

It has started!

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http://www.wcpo.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=7a566768-6550-4e 74-8b3d-a2bafd73f2fb

Large Crowds Greet Start Of Early Voting
Reported by: Bill Price



Large crowds lined the sidewalk outside the Hamilton County Board of Elections offices in downtown Cincinnati Tuesday at they prepared to cast their early ballots.

Tuesday marked the first time in a presidential election year that Ohio opened early voting.

Several dozen early voters actually camped out in tents on the sidewalk overnight, braving the cold and rainy weather, so they could be among the first to get ballots Tuesday morning.

The early campers came prepared, even bringing a camp stove and making bacon and eggs before the Election Board offices opened at 7:45 a.m. Many of them were part of "Get Out the Vote" efforts by the Cincinnati NAACP, Urban League and Tri-State union locals.

The Hamilton County Democratic Party even held an impromptu rally in front of the Election Board entrance to encourage voters to cast ballots for Congress and various judgeship races.

The first voter in line to complete a ballot was NAACP Chapter President Chris Smitherman. He says the three groups intend on running charter buses through neighborhoods Tuesday and into October to get people downtown to both register to vote and cast their ballots.

The beginning of early voting in Ohio this year allows people who are not registered to not only come in and register, but also to vote on the same day.

This is possible because through October 6, newly registered voters will still be registered 30 days before Election Day, even though they are physically casting their ballots a month before November 4.

The NAACP has set a goal of setting a record for the first day of Early Voting by having at least 1200 people cast ballots.

Meanwhile, Hamilton County Deputy Elections Director John Williams says he expects over 100,000 voters in the county to cast ballots at the Board, prior to Election Day.

He says that will be a big help in keeping lines at polling places down. Williams adds another good reason for emphasizing early voting is that with a two-page ballot of issues and candidates, many voters will need extra time to completely vote.

The Hamilton County Board of Elections plans on being open for registration and early voting weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Williams says after registration is over, the office will likely extend its early voting hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. after October 13.

County Boards of Elections throughout the state are expecting large crowds to vote early due to the fact that the Obama campaign and the Ohio Republican Party are helping to publicize the availability of early voting in Ohio this year.





[Edited on 9/30/2008 by DerekFromCincinnati]

 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 02:29 PM
No matter what side of the fence you're on, you gotta love democracy in action. A tip of the hat to Ohio for their efforts to improve the process. Especially after the problems in '04.

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OCTOBER 1, 2008 Ohio Voters Head to the Polls

New Law Eases Way for Early Balloting in Key Swing State
By AMY MERRICK

CLEVELAND -- With the credit crisis roiling Washington, Wall Street and the presidential campaign, voters in the key battleground state of Ohio cast their first ballots amid a controversy over the state's election procedures.

Hundreds of thousands of residents -- including vanloads of homeless voters shuttled to polling places by advocacy groups -- are expected to cast ballots before Election Day. This year, Ohio voters can cast an absentee ballot without having to cite a specific reason for voting early, which had limited the practice in past presidential elections. More than 30 states now allow early in-person voting without requiring voters to give a reason.

Undecided in Ohio

Reporter Douglas Belkin blogs about how dwindling savings and diminishing confidence in government are affecting undecided voters.

Plus, see videos about some undecided voters in Ohio.

In Ohio, the recent change in the early-voting law has moved up the timetable for intense campaigning. Twenty electoral votes are in play in the state, and the campaigns of both Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama are encouraging their supporters to vote as soon as possible.

Residents are being bombarded by campaign television ads, and Republican officials are using mailings and phone calls to encourage supporters to vote early.

Sen. Obama's campaign brought singer John Legend to college campuses Monday for early-voting rallies. In Franklin County, which includes Columbus, volunteers for Sen. Obama pitched tents and waited all night outside the polling place so they could be among the first to vote.

County boards of elections have added staff and enlarged polling places, hoping that enough residents will vote early to avert some of the chaos -- including hours-long lines -- produced by a huge turnout in 2004, when President George W. Bush narrowly won the state and national re-election.

Advocates for the homeless in Ohio took advantage of the early-voting process to take shelter residents to polls. Many residents lack a driver's license or other identification that would be required on Election Day, but early voting requires voters to list only their state ID number or the last four digits of their Social Security number.

"Republicans have been in office for eight years now, and things have not been good for the poor," Mr. Whatley said. "When the Clintons were in office prior, things were good. If we can get the Democrats back in office, things can become good again."

Mr. Whatley and other voters traveled to the polling place from North Point Transitional Housing for Men, where 160 residents enroll in employment-training classes and look for work during a six-month stay at the shelter.

Larry Barrett, a 50-year-old North Point resident, summarized the economic turmoil of the past week in one word: recession. "I'm ready for a change, and I want to do my part," said Mr. Barrett, who also was voting for president for the first time. He declined to say how he would vote.

By midday Tuesday, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, an umbrella group of advocates, had arranged transportation for more than 50 shelter residents to vote.

Undecided Vote: Mahoning County

Ohio is once again a pivotal swing state in a presidential election. And turnout in the historically Democratic stronghold of Mahoning County will be key to victory. Youngstown State University Professor Paul Sracic describes the political climate. (Sept. 29)

Early voting seemed to go smoothly at county boards of elections. In Cleveland, a steady stream of voters came to the polling place Tuesday, with a few braving a chilly downpour before the doors opened at 8:30 a.m. By 4 p.m., 448 people had voted, with 96 of that group simultaneously registering to vote, said Mike West, a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Two court rulings Monday, one in U.S. District Court in Cleveland and the other in the Supreme Court of Ohio in Columbus, cleared the way for Ohio residents to register and vote simultaneously during a one-week window from Tuesday through Oct. 6.

Republicans had argued that citizens had to be registered for 30 days before voting. Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner had defended same-day registration and voting, because ballots wouldn't be counted until Election Day. Both courts sided with Ms. Brunner.

Tuesday, the Ohio Republican Party petitioned the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to take up the issue.

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 12:51 AM
If you do live in Ohio, please vote yes on the casino bill. We need the jobs, and the tax revenue that every state surrounding us is getting. It is work that can't be outsourced either.

 

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That is correct. The voting for the 2009 presidential, state, and local elections began today. And, you can register to vote and then actually vote at the same time, on the same day. Of course, the problem is that those who register to vote and vote immediately are not vetted as far as eligibility goes.


Please shut the fuck up, Mr. two votes. Thanks.

[Edited on 10/1/2008 by SquatchTexas]

 

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Being an Ohio resident, I think the early voting is great. However, the register and vote the same day process is just an invitation for fraud. This is contrary to the Ohio state constitution, but I guess federal judges need not be concerned with that fact.

 

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Hey Ted,

This morning, 10TV news reported that an overwhelming number of 800 showed up at Vets Memorial. For the rest of the state, it looks like many did not tsunami to the polls. Derek, Hamilton County had approximately 600 reported....not sure if Cuyahoga had much more.....must have been the weather

 

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Early vote is not unique to Ohio...

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/09/30/minds_made_up_million s_voting_early/

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 09:28 PM
how many times have you voted so far?

 

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Early vote is not unique to Ohio...

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/09/30/minds_made_up_million s_voting_early/



Exactly. Early voting started here in Nevada. Of course we aren't the center of the universe like Ohio.

Otie, We used to nave license plates here that said "Heart Of America." I always thought it was stupid. I just want the spelling changed to Ohigho.

 

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Early vote is not unique to Ohio...

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/09/30/minds _made_up_millions_voting_early/



yep, but if you read that article it goes into the fact that Ohio is different in that you can now literally go in and register to vote and then vote on the same day without your voting registration checked for legitimacy,

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Being an Ohio resident, I think the early voting is great. However, the register and vote the same day process is just an invitation for fraud. This is contrary to the Ohio state constitution, but I guess federal judges need not be concerned with that fact.



I agree. ACORN went and found "voters" from the homeless shelters and the like, which is fine yet all they had to do was come up with four digits of their social security number with no other ID. In other words, come up with four numbers and you are voting.

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If you do live in Ohio, please vote yes on the casino bill. We need the jobs, and the tax revenue that every state surrounding us is getting. It is work that can't be outsourced either.




I agree. Not that I don't enjoy a trip along the beautiful Ohio River in southern Indiana, and I'll still go and see my friend from back in the John Hartford days who is the captain of the Grand Victoria down in Rising Sun, but Ohio has to step up because every state around us has casinos of some kind.

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Otie, We used to nave license plates here that said "Heart Of America." I always thought it was stupid. I just want the spelling changed to Ohigho.


I liked the "Birthplace of Aviation" plates, for obvious reasons, as well as the lighthouse plates, noth of which pissed off the state of North Carolina. North Carolina has much more spectacular lighthouses, and I have fished within site fo the Bodie and Hatteras lighthouses for over 20 years, but Ohio has the older lighthouse on Lake Erie. And, they claim "First In Flight," yet the Wright Brothers did all of the work and innovation here and simply went to Kittie Hawk to try out their invention. But, you have to give it to the state of Virginia as far as vanity plates go because they seem to make it easy to get one done there.

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Hey Ted,

This morning, 10TV news reported that an overwhelming number of 800 showed up at Vets Memorial. For the rest of the state, it looks like many did not tsunami to the polls. Derek, Hamilton County had approximately 600 reported....not sure if Cuyahoga had much more.....must have been the weather



It wasn't the weather.

 

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