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Obama Encourages Early Voting in Ohio


Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), speaks at a statewide training event for campaign volunteers in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 10, 2008. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

Updated 6:33 p.m.
By Robert Barnes
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Barack Obama wrapped up two days of campaigning here in Ohio with something you don't often hear at a pre-election rally: Go vote. Right now.

"Right across the street," Obama told a crowd of thousands in a downtown park along the river.

Ohio is one of several states across the country where anyone is allowed to vote early, and everywhere Obama and his supporters campaigned over the last two days, they urged their partisans to vote before Nov. 4.

"If you haven't voted, you can go in this courthouse and vote," Gov. Ted Strickland told a morning crowd in Chillicothe in southeastern Ohio. That way, he said, supporters can spend Election Day "getting other people to vote.''

Obama had similar encouragement for about 750 volunteers he met at a daylong training seminar at the Columbus Convention Center. The room of mostly 20-something campaign workers erupted into cheers and screams when Obama entered, according to the pool report from reporters who accompanied him, as people stood on chairs and tables to get a better look.

He gave a 15-minute pep talk.

"We're coming around the turn,'' he said. "America recognizes that at this time in history, with so much at stake, with the economy nose-diving, with two wars and the threat of terrorism, the threat of climate change, we need to do something fundamentally different. And all of you are the shock troops."

Obama acknowledged that his campaign is trying a new model of organizing volunteers and turning out the vote, and said it is now time "to really make this thing work.''

"We've been designing and we've been engineering and we've been at the drawing board and we've been tinkering, and we've been -- now it's time to just take it for a drive," he said. "Let's see how this baby runs."

Obama called Ohio "a quintessential battleground state. Which means that in the next 25 days, you're going to have to work harder than you've ever worked in your life."

The importance was underscored this week, as Obama held rallies in five cities over the last two days -- a recognition of how hard Democrats are working to convert the state that was pivotal to President Bush's reelection in 2004. Recent polls show Obama with a narrow lead.

But there is plenty of reason for the senator from Illinois to be worried, especially in the more conservative and rural southern stretch of the state. Strickland, who hails from that part of the state and was an ardent supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, was Obama's guide and defender on the campaign swing.

"My friends, I know Barack Obama," Strickland told the crowd in Chillicothe. "I think I know what's in his heart. He is bright. He is capable. He is mature. He is steady. We can trust Barack Obama with Chillicothe, with southern Ohio, with America."

Strickland went out of his way to defend Obama on two fronts -- guns and religion.

"I want to say to you, and I say this as a result of direct conversations that I've had with Barack Obama, if you are a sportsman, if you are a gunowner, if you are someone that honors and respects the Second Amendment, you have nothing to fear from Barack Obama," Strickland said.

And because of "untruths" spread about Obama, the governor, said, he wanted to clear up something else.

"Barack Obama," he said, "is a strong, Christian family man."

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All registration fraud does is clog up the voter registry. You're not getting on the rolls as Mickey Mouse. The only reason to commit registration fraud is if you're trying to DECREASE turnout by making it harder for registry workers to get their job done. And who would benefit if fewer people voted?

Posted by: rouftop | October 13, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

"The complaints about Acorn are silly"

I agree with this. Who could possibly benefit politically with the submission of a lot of fake voter registrations? The GOP, that is who. Would it be possible that this was done by a fanatic republican?

Posted by: dlanet | October 13, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

The complaints about Acorn are silly. If weak minded person registers a voter name Mickey Mouse, Mr Mouse still does not try to vote on election day. Sometimes people try to get more money than they earn by turning in fake registrations but it just makes work and aggravation for both Acorn and the locale election board. No one named Mickey Mouse gets to vote.

Relax. Obama has no interest in the Disney Mouse vote.

Obama in 08.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 12, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 10, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

The Netherlands is not a member state of the union of the United States of America. Can you take your rants to a site where the topics match your rants? At least write about the topic in the article each day. We see your rants. Do you think you are helping?
Imagine reading your rants as if you are a conservative old woman from Missouri. Write in a way that can help her understand the issue and choose to support your point of view with her vote. Right now, you are alienating voters.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 12, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Early voting exists to avoid big lines and to help people plan their lives. Further, no one knows if they will have to work late on election day or if their child will have the mumps. And for some people who work two jobs or non-ordinary hours, election day is not a day they can get to the polling station.

Since long lines in the snow and not enough ballots seemed to follow the Obama supporters they are only taking care of business by getting out the vote now. And Obama's team can help more people get to the polling station if there are many days to do it in, without needing as many people to do it with.

Its just practical. Be happy. Obama is winning in 08.


Posted by: ottothewise | October 12, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Palin's attorney's whine that the investigation and report were biased. Ok. She can learn the hard way. Alaskan Republican is suing her for using Yahoo instead of the state email system.
She is MAKING her employees use Yahoo, to avoid FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT requests for info by citizens. Doing state business without a SECURE system and without a backup system are both against Alaskan statutes. That put her in the same crime family as Cheney, who 'lost' the Iraq war emails, somehow.
Further, the trooper report included the complaint by the Alaskan legislature that Palin put her employees in an ethical bind by requiring them to pound on the trooper. They could either follow her lead or fear reprisal. And she is still saying she didnt break a law, although she broke a statute and she is breaking two statutes by using Yahoo and breaking a statute by making her employees break a statute.
The noise put out by the Palin team is like chaff to distract the public from the fact that Palin is of low moral character and does not adhere to clear ethical standards for office holders.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 12, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

You want to talk about Obama and early voting,ok let's talk about McCain and Palin and their help out of Arizona Chairman Tom Cole. I have an email (from Tuesaday) from the NRCC stating, "We need to secure our victory by election day so VOTE EARLY!, We also need 10,000 donations by election day to secure our victory". So for him to say vote now, he is just doing what his competition is doing. I have had a lot more emails and mail than just that from the Republicans. And it is all lies and slander.

Posted by: DTurner2 | October 11, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

yes go and vote - try it like 15 times, like many that regsitered 15 times. Drink the kool aid and run to the polling booth before the magic wears off. Obama is afraid that you may change your mind in the next few weeks when more scandals emerge on him.

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | October 11, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: McSameChalin | October 11, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Oh Yes! By all means!

Cast your votes Now!

It is not like you cannot take them back if some more light lands on the "Empty Suit", and exposes any more Negatives!

Wait, it is like you CAN'T!

Now,

Why would a slick talking Lawyer want to try to get someone who might just be Gullible,

to be Irrational enough to throw away their vote before they should?

Ohhh Yeah!


BECAUSE, he is a Slick Talking LAWYER! :-(

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 10, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

RICH GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SPECULATORS
MAKE THE RULES(NEWS,WAR,PEACE,FAMINE,UPHEAVAL)
GREED IS TREASONS AGAINST THE AMERICA PEOPLE.NO MORE GOLDEN PARACHUTES FOR HE EXECUTIVE CRIMINALS.

THE SENTENCES SUM_UP WHAT THE PARTY GOP REPUBLICAN STANDS FOR:
WAR IS PEACE
FREDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 10, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Palin's impeachment trial will begin one of these days, for her three crimes as governor, using the Yahoo instead of the state system.
She also directed her supervised employees to avoid detection by using Yahoo too. No security, as demonstrated when a kid hacked her emails on Yahoo. No backup, which provided cover for Cheney, who lied and says he lost the emails about the run-up to the Iraq war. Using an unsecure system with no backup is a crime for which an ordinary employee of the state can be fired.
Since she used Yahoo to avoid the freedom of information act, she is a criminal. Soon she will come to justice. McCain wont be protecting her after they lose.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 10, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

The veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan wars prefer Obama over McCain.

McCain only got a D rating, Obama got a B rating. Although John wife made much of Obama not voting to fund one bill, due to it not having a end date to get out of Iraq, McCain voted against the same bill when it did have an end date. Obama voted for more money for the troops and veterans issues, than McCain did and voted for more bills for veterans and the troops than McCain did.

You can look it up. IAVA is the acronym for the iraq and Afgha vets of america.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 10, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

D STUDENT OBSCENELY RICH WALL STREET OILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL MILLIONNAIRE CRASH EVERY PLANE,MCCAIN WAS A D STUDENT,AND GRADUATE LAST IN HIS CLASS.
IRISH AMERICAN BARACK OBAMA RANKS AMONG THE BEST,OBAMA VERY HIGHT INTELLECTUAL CAPACITY ALLOWS HIM TO MAKE SOUND DECISIONS.
HOW CAN YOU EVEN COMPARE PALIN GED FROM MOOSE COMMUNITY COLLEGE CREDENTIALS TO THESE;AND A D STUDENT CRASH 5 PLANES A MUDVILLE.
TIME TO RETIRE WITH WHATEVER IS LEFT OF YOUR DIGNITY,AND A GRACEFUL WAR...
MONSIEUR MCCAIN

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 10, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

“The problem is that there’s been a lack of coordination, a lack of marketing of what’s being done, clarity” said Obama. Wow. Yet, another disconnected politician. Does it sound like President Bush? At least, Bush is in the thick of it all, scrambling to come up with solutions. Poor Sen. Obama sees the major problem as a lack of marketing! Let me be plain here. It is financial crisis. It is the economic crisis. We are sinking into deep recession! Sen. Obama wake up, it is not a lack of marketing. $700 billion is a drop in the bucket now.

Posted by: Wiel | October 10, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Of course Obama wants you to vote early; before you find out anything else about him, Ayres, ACORN, CRA, Fannie or Freddie, Wright, or any other skeleton he's hiding that will make you change your mind. Vote Ohio, quick, VOTE NOW. PLEASE. NOW!!!!!!Vote for Junior Senator Barack "Present" Obama. A man of vast experience and leadership skill from Chicgo Community Kool Aid stands.

Posted by: dknecht | October 10, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

All you have to do is look at the stock market crashing, to see the disastrous results of the republcan / Bush economic policies, and it's sellout to the superwealthy and corporate american greed.

And look at the resurgence of the taliban / al Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan, many of them trained in Bush's Iraq catastrophe, to understand even more the threat to the USA by the current republican policies.

We are in grave danger both terrorism wise and economically, as well as disrespected by many who normally would be our allies around the world. The very people who should be committing with us to help against terrorist threats.

And the dirty campaign that McCain and Palin have sunken down into shows their total lack of morality in politics. They are faced with the traumatic destruction of their party, for it's election of Bush and blind support to its catastrophic policies.

And don't let McCain fool you about being a maverick republican. Yes he was somewhat of one in the early days of the Bush administration. But by 2004, seeing the possibility of running for president, he sold out to the very neocons and super-wealthy, eg of walls street, who got us into this multiple quagmire.

Only a thorough trouncing of the republican party in this and some subsequent elections will result in that parties moderates wresting control from the idealouges who run the party now.

Then, perhaps we can have both real co-operation between the democrats and a reconstituted republican party, both of whom truly believe in the ideas behind our real national morality, and the realization that we are all good Americans, and can govern with civil discourse and cooperation.

Not the nightmare and almost religious hatred mentality we see from the republican party now. A disgrace beyond words to America in the eyes of the world.

Posted by: SteveMD21 | October 10, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Of course, isn't that the ACORN strategy that Obama supported; vote early and often. Another Illinois political crook.

Posted by: Ethicist | October 10, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm an Ohio voter who voted for McCain in the 2000 primary. Now 8 years later, and listening to everything that goes on at their campaign rallies, there is no way that I will vote for that ticket. The guy is a man who will stoop to any level to get elected. He is far too unstable to be president and Palin is far too dumb.

Posted by: stevenmpalmer | October 10, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Ohio, don't be as corrupt as the Democratic party. Obama has such a rotten background that you will disgrace America and yourselves if you vote for him. He is not the candidate of change but the candidate of deception and lies.

Posted by: rdirsa | October 10, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Of course Obama wants early votes in the battlegrounds. He's ahead in all of the polls and is riding the economic mess to solid support. Who knows how much McCain intends to hit Obama with Ayers or Wright...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | October 10, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Go Buckeyes! Vote early and often!

Posted by: jhpbriton | October 10, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

HEY OHIO,

STOP BEING AMERICA's ANUS LIKE YOU

WERE IN THE LAST 2 ELECtION CYCLES AnD VOTE

FOR SOMEONE WHO IS ARTICULATE, ENGAGING &

INTELLIGENT. VOTE FOR YOUR POCKET BOOKS.

VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN.

Posted by: Sarah_Failin | October 10, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

The economy will turn around when we have someone smart enough to believe in---That is not an angry ol' coot ranting with his lost Republican followers thinking the '60s is what we should be talking about while the ECONOMY BURNS!!! Join the 21st century!!====Let's put Obama and Biden to work for all America!!

Posted by: benighse | October 10, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

ANGER BEGETS ANGER====John Mccain, You're an angry man...
ANGRY PEOPLE DON'T MAKE GOOD DECISIONS....REASONABLE PEOPLE MAKE GOOD DECISIONS.....JOIN REASON AND HARD WORK AND INTELLIGENCE AS WE VOTE FOR OBAMA AND BIDEN FOR ALL AMERICA!!

Posted by: benighse | October 10, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Com on Ohio! How can you let Indiana outregister you....Indianapolis (more than 105% of the elibile voters have registered)...Lake County (more than 2000 bogus registrations identified today)...we are rooting for you Cleveland...come on ACORN!!! Add the Dallas offensive line to the voters .... maybe they will come play for the pathetic Brownies!!!!

Posted by: jhpbriton | October 10, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Come on Ohio! They stole your votes the last time, don't let them do it again. They will try everything to scare you, intimidate you and harass you. Stand tall. Tell them Your Vote Counts!,

Posted by: thebobbob | October 10, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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