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I wanted to do a positive diary on just how easy it is to vote early in Ohio.  My experience voting yesterday is below the fold.

I voted at the early voting center at 1700 Morse Road in Columbus yesterday.  I arrived at 8:35 PM, went to the front desk and was asked if I was there to vote or register to vote, and when I told them I wanted to vote, was given a short form that took 2 minutes to fill out.  The form had two blanks, one for my driver's license number and the other for the last four digits of my Social Security number.  I filled in the last 4 digits of my Social, and returned the form to the next desk, where my signature was verified against the one on file in the county voter book and my Social was confirmed.  A printer spit out a label, which was put on my ballot request form (actually, it was an absentee ballot request form), and I was directed to the voting machines.

There are 100 machines at this center, and I was taken immediately to a machine, the poll worker took me to a machine, put the supervisory device into the machine, she typed some codes off the label previously described, and my suburb's ballot appeared on the machine.  The touch screen did a print record of my vote as it went, and I was able to verify each vote.  I went through the entire ballot in 7 or 8 minutes, and I walked out of the voting center at 8:53 PM, or start to finish in 18 minutes, it was totally painless.

There were 5 buses outside the polling location when I arrived, and only 2 were left when I departed, which is an indication that this is a very efficient voting process there.  In previous presidential elections, I had to wait over an hour at the old downtown center, so this is a vast improvement over the old system.  I do not know how it is going in other counties in Ohio, but Franklin County has a fast, painless system.

Outside there was a big party atmosphere, with live music, people from both parties handing out sample ballots, and a really good time was had my almost everyone who loves our democracy, and who values our RIGHT to vote.  Maybe some Republicans were disappointed that our county has set up an efficient means to vote, but I am very pleased.

I voted for the president and Sherrod Brown, of course, and also voted for an amendment that, if passed, will take the gerrymander from the politicians.  We want to make Ohio a place where voters select our politicans, not a place where our politicians select their voters.  Neither party is capable of handling redistricting fairly.  So we have to take it from them because it ain't working.  Whichever party has 3 of the 5 votes on the reapportionment board has 100 per cent of the say about where the lines are, and we are tired of that system.

In Ohio, at least from my one-county sample, it is easy to vote early, and I suggest that everyone do it.

In Franklin County, click this link for detailed information on early voting from the BOE:

Cuyahoga County:

Hamilton County (Cincinnati):

Lucas County (Toledo):

Summit County (Akron)

Montgomery County (Dayton):

To find your county's early voting information, Google "XXX county Ohio early voting".

GOTV.  Early voting is easy in Ohio, and you need to defend your RIGHT to vote.  There is no requirement for a photo ID to vote early.  All you need to do is put the last 4 digits of your Social Security number or your entire driver's license number on the form, which takes two minutes to fill out.  Please protect your right to vote by voting.

Originally posted to Ohiodem1 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 07:47 AM PDT.

Also republished by KasichWatch and Central Ohio Kossacks.


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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 07:47:31 AM PDT

  •  THANK YOU (6+ / 0-)

    for the information, this does more to  adance the ball than the constant OBAMA bashing about a debate that took place a week ago. It seems some people here have made it a full time job of running from one dairy to the next with different variations of the same negative comment about how Obama sucked.

  •  Gonna Do It This Wk in NE Ohio. nt (5+ / 0-)
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    Ohiodem1, Kurt from CMH, Alma, a2nite, pico3

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 07:57:45 AM PDT

  •  My wife and I are (4+ / 0-)
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    Iberian, Ohiodem1, Alma, pico3

    voting absentee in Franklin County, still awaiting our absentee ballot.  We sent in our application the last week of September, the Board of Elections says they have been mailed out, but we haven't received them.

    Has anyone else received an absentee ballot yet in Ohio?

    Everyone knows that a Zinger is nothing but a snack cake.

    by Kurt from CMH on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 08:19:54 AM PDT

    •  Yes! (3+ / 0-)
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      Kurt from CMH, Ohiodem1, Alma

      Ours arrived last week -- we'll be sitting down tonight to fill ours out and get them in the mail tomorrow.

    •  Kurt in CMH, the risk of getting an absentee (0+ / 0-)

      ballot is that if you don't use it, and decide to vote at the polls instead on Nov. 6, at that time you MUST vote provisional, and provisional ballots are not counted until at least 10 days after the election, so you are at risk of your vote not counting if you are forced to vote provisional.  Please use your absentee ballot as soon as you get it.  I would also recommend getting the return envelope hand-cancelled at your Post office.

      Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

      by Ohiodem1 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 12:16:07 PM PDT

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  •  You have (1+ / 0-)
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    to put part of your SS# on your form?  

    We just have to show our ID here in MI. and put our address down and sign it.

    Love the diary OD1.  

    •  Just the last 4 digits, which are on file at the (1+ / 0-)
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      BOE.  Or your full driver's license number, which is also on file.  For absentee, no ID is required in Ohio, or at least you don't have to present a picture ID.

      You do have to present a state-issued photo ID (driiver's license, state photo ID, not a driver's license for non-drivers, or, get this, your concealed carry permit) when voting in person at the polls on November 6.  This is part of the Radical Republcan voter suppression which has been underway for several years, with a major increase since Obama was elected.  Republicans don't want a 96% Democratic voting bloc to have the power to vote, which tends to elect Democrats, and the Democratic Party's candidates.

      Hope you are feeling better.  Send me an email if you get some time.  OD1

      Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

      by Ohiodem1 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 11:57:12 AM PDT

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  •  Does Franklin trend D or R? (1+ / 0-)
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    Just curious as to the political makeup of the county and whether you had a sense of which party was turning out for ealry voting.

    Good Diary!

    •  Franklin County is pretty reliably blue. (2+ / 0-)
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      Ohiodem1, Kranman

      Columbus takes up most of the county here. The exurbs can be pretty red, though. Take it from someone who canvassed there for OPIRG years ago.

      By the way, my wife and I voted last Tuesday, and the experience couldn't have been easier. For those who selected the "vote on Nov. 6" option in the poll above, you may want to reconsider (if your state offers that option, of course.) Keep in mind that more people voting early means fewer standing on line on election day, slowing down the process.

    •  Franklin County is a majority D county. (2+ / 0-)
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      I would estimate that the majority of the voters I saw at the polls yesterday went Democratic.  We are likely the swingiest county in the swingiest state, and we get ALL the political ads from both candidates, plus all the unaccountable, faceless superpacs.

      Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

      by Ohiodem1 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 11:59:35 AM PDT

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  •  Early voting pretty sizable in Franklin county.... (0+ / 0-)

    I requested my absentee ballot and received it on the 2nd day of early voting. Based on stats provided by the Franklin County Board of Election, there were about 160,000 requested absentee ballots. Of those, about 50,000 have already been sent back into the board as of 10/11/2012.

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