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Early Voting

Most Recent Voting Hours

Now that the Supreme Court has decided to limit much of Ohio's early voting opportunities it is increasingly important to turn out everyone we can. The following are the current hours:

Tuesday, Oct. 7 through Friday, Oct. 10 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Updated Early Voting Hours

The Courts have ordered the restoration of the evening and weekend hours eliminated by our legislature, including the "golden week" when you can both register and vote at the same time. Take advantage of these additional hours lest we lose them again.

Great News! Early Voting Rights Protected!

COLUMBUS—Today the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio ruled in favor of the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party’s motion for summary judgment to permanently maintain the final three days of early voting leading up to Election Day.  In response, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement: 

Please Vote Early

by Rev. Deborah Lindsay, First Community Church

"I am encouraging everyone I know to cast their ballot at the Early Voting Center on Morse Road. It is easy and convenient, but more importantly at that location you will see the rainbow nation that is the United States. It is very moving to see people of all colors and ethnic backgrounds exercising their right to vote; that is really the heart and soul of the American dream. Whatever your party affiliation, whoever you plan to vote for, celebrate the fact that in this country all people share the right to vote!"

 

Voter Suppression is Alive and Well in Franklin County

The opposition is getting organized and ruthless in its attempt to suppress the vote in Franklin County. More than 23,000 people in Franklin County have voted early at the in-person Early Voting center in the first three weeks of October. This number surpasses 2008 figures despite the fact that we have had far less voting hours. On Monday and Tuesday alone, over 5,000 people voted early at the Early Voting center on Morse Road and it appears that 8 out of every 10 voters were Democrats. Naturally this has the Republicans worried and they are pulling out the stops to suppress this early vote.

For example, on Monday of this week two huge Romney vans with negative signs set up camp in the middle of the early vote parking lot, taking up parking spots from early voters and creating a negative atmosphere with their divisive signs. This morning Fox News from Chicago arrived to film and presumably create chaos.  In addition, three huge signs were planted along Morse Road today that say "Abortion is Baby Murder" and "Stop Sodom and Gay Mora [sic] Marriage."  The Northland Alliance was called to remove them and they did, but the signs are now being held by Romney volunteers. Be sure to read: "Illegal Campaigning by Romney Supporters Prompts Response by Sheriff at Franklin County Polling Location"

Why is this happening?  Because Republicans want to decrease turnout by changing the perception that voting is easy or a pleasant experience.  They want to increase their early vote turnout. They want to create an incident that either gets volunteers banned from distributing sample ballots or results in a negative story that suppresses the vote. We cannot let this happen.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE VOTE EARLY! Our presence at the Early Voting location will help support and reassure other voters who may be fearful or reluctant to even enter the building. We can help these people exercise their right by simply being there, voting and being friendly to all we encounter. Additionally, voting early means you free up space in line on Election Day.

Please look for a blue-shirted volunteer from the Franklin County Democratic Party who is handing out sample ballots. They have been there every hour of every day to talk with voters about the importance of voting for down ticket candidates to give President Obama the support he needs at the local level.

Columbus is considered by many as "ground zero" in determining this presidential election. We may very well be the deciding factor in reelecting our President or handing it over to Romney and his minions. Can you live with yourself if Romney wins?

Click here for directions to the Early Voting Center

Early Voting Hours:

Monday, October 22 - Friday, October 26
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Monday, October 29 - Thursday, November 1
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 2
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 3
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 4
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 5
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 

 

Why Vote Early?

1. It’s convenient!

2. What if your child gets sick on election day and you can't leave home?

3. What if Central Ohio is hit with torrential rain, an ice storm or freak snowstorm on Election Day?

4. You free up space in line for others to vote on Election Day.

5. Voting early removes you from calling lists.

Even the first lady has voted early and President Obama plans to vote early when he visits Chicago later this month!  Read about it here.

Learn about where and when you can vote early : Early Voting Information.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

Team Obama: We're winning Ohio among early voters

By Jonathan Easley - 10/19/12 07:39 AM ET

The Obama campaign on Friday circulated a memo claiming to be well ahead of Mitt Romney among early voters in the critical battleground state of Ohio.

“Today we are ahead of where we were at this time against John McCain — and ahead of Mitt Romney,” national field director Jeremy Bird wrote. “Republicans are similarly talking up their ground game and early vote numbers, but their assertions rest on much shakier ground.”

No Republican presidential candidate has ever lost Ohio and gone on to win the election.

Republicans have touted their ground game in the crucial state, claiming they've closed the gap with Democrats.

President Obama has led in Ohio throughout this cycle, but polls have tightened in recent weeks. According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls, Obama leads Romney by 2.4 percentage points in the Buckeye State.

Read more here.

 

Confused about voting this year? Don't worry -- we have the answers!

Need more information about early voting on Morse Road?  Have questions about helping someone register to vote?  Or what do you do if you haven't received your ballot request application from the Board of Elections? Complete and concise, "Early Voting Information" from the Franklin County Democratic Party will answer those questions and more!

Download the info here: Early Voting Information.pdf

 

The Most Effective Election Tool: Sample Ballots

We Need Your Help to Distribute the Democratic Sample Ballot During the Five Weeks of Early Voting Starting October 2. 

In 2008, over 55,000 Franklin County residents voted early and in person.  We can make a measurable difference for Sherrod Brown, Maureen Reedy , Issue 2, and many more candidates and issues we care about, if we can hand a Democratic Sample Ballot to voters before they step in front of the voting booth.  With a sample ballot, they'll know who the endorsed candidates and issues are.  Please consider volunteering for one or more, three hour shifts during the Early Vote period.  Read on to find out more. E-mail jodyscarbrough@gmail.com with the days and times you are available. 
 
Download a sample ballot today! 2012 Franklin County Sample Democratic Ballot.pdf

 

 

I'm Ashamed (of Ohio Voter Suppression)

Letters to the Editor
August 10, 2012

Columbus Dispatch,

In the 2012 Ohio Voter Information Guide Jon Husted says:  “The Secretary of State’s office is committed to ensuring that each Ohioan who is eligible to cast a ballot is able to do so.”

We learned, in the 2004 election, that 5 hour lines at the polls on Election Day kept some of those, who were eligible, from casting their ballot.  That was corrected in 2008 by allowing early in-person voting.

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