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In Ohio, voting has already begun

Latest update : 2008-10-01

One in three Americans can vote ahead of the Nov. 4 elections, a system that enables political parties to get out the vote. But in the swing state of Ohio, Republicans believe early voting favours the Democrats.

The date for the US election is November 4. However,  the Ohio electorate has already begun to vote.

They are not alone: Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Iowa, and Virginia have long been authorized to participate in”early voting”, permitting one in three Americans to go to the ballot box before the official voting date.

In Ohio, early registration is authorized until September 6. The decision was made by the Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, and supported by the Ohio Supreme Court, which made the decision despite Republican grumblings.

Democrats in favour of early voting

The Republican camp believes this bizarre act favours the Democrats.

The act is traditionally aimed at left-leaning, poorer sections of the population who are normally less inclined to vote. This system allows them to register and vote at the same time, since they would be unlikely to want to go to the voting booth twice.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his camp have decided to take advanted of the situation. They have engaged buses to take voters from disadvantaged areas to voting booths – in short, all the people who normally would be overlooked by the system.

Ohio, a critical state in US elections

The initiative seems to have been met with success. During the 2004 elections, voters had gathered in masses in front of voting booths in Franklin County to cast their votes as quickly as possible.

For George W. Bush, Ohio was a decisive state in 2000 and 2004. Ohio has 20 out of the 270 total electoral college votes. No Republican has taken the White House without taking Ohio. As for Democrats, only John F. Kennedy has accomplished this task.
 

Date created : 2008-10-01

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