Voting Begins In Ohio!

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More and more states are allowing early voting and I think it’s great. Anything that can get people to the ballot box should be encouraged, promoted and celebrated.

From AP:

In the state that may again determine the presidency, voters started casting ballots Tuesday as Barack Obama struggles to thwart a John McCain victory in Ohio four years after it tipped the election to President Bush.

Both candidates visit often while spending millions of dollars flooding TV and radio with advertisements, mailboxes with literature and even voicemail with automated phone calls to get supporters to the polls, particularly during the one-week window in which people can register and vote in one swoop.

Early participation appeared light; officials in the state’s largest counties that are home to Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo and Dayton each reported several hundred ballots cast by afternoon. Many of those who voted cited convenience.

“I wanted to avoid the traffic and the people,” said Charlene Glass, 49, of Cleveland Heights. A first-time voter, she backed Obama and expressed her enthusiasm for a black candidate. In Dayton, Terri Bell, 49, chose McCain because of his experience and his military service. “I have a lot on my plate. I wanted to do this early,” she said.

However, I would like to point out that early absentee voting started on September 23rd in Missouri.

I’m just saying…

  • http://mikeb302000.blogspot.com Mikeb302000

    I find it absolutely thrilling that voting has begun. Go Obama.

  • http://centristcoalition.com/blog/ kritter

    Anything that can get people to the ballot box should be encouraged, promoted and celebrated.

    I think that’s dangerous nonsense. I think sensible things should be done to make it simple and easy for poor, rich, white, non-white, young, old, busy, infirm, and traveling Americans to become legitimate voters and vote. But giving people a month to do so seems a bit much.

    Any practices that seem likely to engender voter fraud must be looked askance. I have never heard a single good argument as to why America ought to be more concerned about maximizing the volume of votes than minimizing fraudulent voting. Both are utterly worthwhile. And I don’t support changes that prioritize one for the sake of the other.

    Because it’s not a choice that IMO we need to make. We can and ought to insist on both. And at some point, I have no trouble whatsoever accepting that some people just aren’t moved by a sense of civic duty to vote. I am an extremely pro-democracy sort of guy, but I am utterly at peace with the idea that many unmotivated and uninformed Americans do not vote, and that we the people are probably better off without the input of those folks. By not voting, these people are putting their trust in the ranks of the motivated and informed, and that’s probably a pretty decent way for a democracy to work.

    I’d like to see more standard practices across all the states, and I could see giving folks several days to get to the polls.