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Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Ohio Voters Allowed To Cast Ballots On Weekends

Veterans Memorial, Franklin County, OH

In Ohio, the Franklin County Board of Elections was split down the middle on allowing its residents to vote on the weekend leading up to the November general election. Well, the Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner broke the tie and solved that problem when she yesterday declared weekend voting necessary.

“I believe it is reasonable to anticipate that demand for in-person absentee voting will be even greater for the general election,” she wrote in her decision.

Political organizations, candidates and elections officials are urging voters to come early to avoid long lines expected for the Nov. 4 presidential election, Brunner wrote.

The county needs to accommodate the work schedules of as many voters as possible, she said, because of the county’s large number of registered voters and its “complex economy.”

The money quote in the article comes from Doug Preisse, one of the two members of the Board of Elections opposing weekend voting because of increased costs and possible conflicts at Veterans Memorial, pictured above, where early voting would take place:

“At some point, we’re going to roll a voting booth up to everyone’s house,” he said. “It certainly is possible to have all voting locations open 24 hours a day, but is it practical?”

We can’t answer that question. But one thing we know for sure is that Tuesday voting isn’t always practical. Why do we vote on Tuesday? Click here to find out.

Hat tip to reader Patrick for sending along this piece of news. Photo of Franklin County Veterans Memorial via jfsl3 on Flickr.

Friday, February 15th, 2008

An Unconventional Convention?

Norman J. OrnsteinOf all the wild scenarios spun out for the 2008 presidential campaign, perhaps the least likely was the one we face: a Republican contest that was effectively over the morning after Super Tuesday, and a Democratic cage match that could go on and on and on — all the way to a tumultuous and unpredictable convention in August.

I, for instance, offered an unconventional convention scenario back in July, noting that the uniquely early start (called “front loading”) of the primary process, combined with the compressed schedule, could provide a formula for an extended, pitched battle, with no candidate getting close to a majority after Super Tuesday. But I made it clear that this was more likely to happen on the Republican side, where many plausible candidates were running against one another and none seemed to be getting more than tepid support.

The Democrats, on the other hand, already had a front-running candidate, highly regarded by most Democratic partisans, and an enthusiastic electorate that wanted to pick a nominee and get on with the big battle — ending the Bush era once and for all. (more…)

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Ohio e-voting “privacy nightmare”

Journalist and programmer Declan McCullagh has a longish piece up at ZDNet about how a legal loophole in Ohio allows anyone to figure out who voted how. Because ballots are a part of the public record in Ohio, and ballots cast on some ES&S voting machines used in Ohio are time stamped, if someone were to merge a time-stamped list of votes with a list of voters in the order they cast their ballots (as compiled by poll workers), they could, McCullagh writes, probably figure out who voted how.

There are arguments for and against this theory in the article, which you can read by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Congressman Tim Ryan (D – OH 17th District): “Horse and Buggy”

Another installment from the GOTW Road Team. Congressman Tim Ryan was generous enough to give us a few minutes of time; the Congressman’s had a long career in public service, and has been an up-and-coming Member of the House since 2003. He thinks that a national holiday might be the way to go, and wants to preserve the collective ritual of everyone voting together. When we asked him the question, he seemed to have some idea- check out the clip for his answer.

We don’t generally travel by horse and buggy (or wagon, or carriage) anymore, of course. Most of us travel with 160 horses under the hoods of our cars after we get a quote from insurance companies like One Sure Insurance, or by public transport. Makes us wonder: does the reasoning behind Tuesday voting still hold up?

The search continues…

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Patrick, France is a post-Christian secular country. Relatively few of them attend church, and voting on Sunday does not interfere with their religious practices, because most of the population is not religious...

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In France they last voted on a Sunday. France is despite the Bourbon legacy a largely Catholic country, yet they vote on Sunday...

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I think weekend voting would make the most sense, as people wouldn't have tu run home after work or wake up early to hit the polling stations beforehand.

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