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Friday, February 29, 2008

Absentee voting could top prior high

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner said she expects a record number of absentee ballots cast in Tuesday's primary election, while projecting statewide turnout will be about 52 percent of Ohio's 8 million registered voters.

"I think the interest is so great in this election,'' she said at a Columbus news conference.

That's about 19 percent lower than turnout for the 2004 general election, but nearly 20 percent higher than that year's presidential primary.

Brunner said as many as one-fifth of the roughly 4 million voters expected to cast votes in Tuesday's primary will do so by absentee ballot, or at least 800,000 voters. The previous record for absentee ballots cast was 707,856 in the 2006 general election.

Brunner also promised tighter security protocols, and better media access to polling places and county Boards of Elections than in past elections. She was joined by Attorney General Marc Dann who said anyone attacking the integrity of the election through fraud or tampering will be prosecuted. "We will make sure they go to jail," Dann said.

"To tamper with a voting machine is a felony,'' Brunner added.

Brunner said all 88 counties are prepared to provide paper ballots to any voter who does not want to use an electronic touch-screen machine, if machines fail or the wait becomes excessive.



at 12:31 PM, February 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's 3a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. But there's a phone in the White House, and it's ringing. Somethings happening in the world," (phone rings insistently over images of sleeping children) "your vote will decide who answers the call."

--I'll take Obama because Clinton is "a mother first."

at 2:04 PM, February 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vote John McCain; his kids are grown. Problem solved.

at 2:05 PM, February 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voters are just so eager to turn out the Repugnicants, end their illegal war, and stop sending our jobs overseas. Can we make the election and inauguration come sooner too?

at 12:48 AM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


As I remember the real increased speed of jobs going overseas happened during the Clinton Administration. That was when the who jobs going away got momentum. Don't remember Clinton doing anything about it. In fact have not seen our democratic Congress do anything about it. That really have not done anything about anything. But go ahead blame everything you don't like on the republicans. Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story or a lame over used one liner!!!

at 2:48 PM, March 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the phone rings at 3 am in a Clinton WH, will she whine the way she did at the Democratic debate about getting the first question?

Shame on Hillary for using the GOP fear card!

at 9:29 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of them clearly can't multitask and won't be able to answer the phone.

During the Feb 19th debates in Ohio Senator Obama who also serves as Chair of the subcommittee that has oversight over NATO admitted he has not held one single substantive hearing to figure out what the U.S can do to have a stronger presence with Nato in Afghanistan.

Obama admitted it was true stating it was because his responsibilities as chair began at the same time he started running for President. So while hundreds of thousand of our young men and women are at great risk and being killed in Afghanistan Obama’s admission that he was too busy running for president clearly proves he is not only NOT ready to be president, but someone should question his position as a senator as well.

The day after Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee noted that Senator Clinton has introduced more legislation to address the problems facing wounded service members than any other Senator, including The Dignified Treatment of Wounded Warriors Act (accomplished while running her presidential race).

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