There surely has been a
lot of attention and partisan discussion regarding Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
recent directive to ensure in-person absentee voting is uniform for each of the
state’s 88 counties.
Democratic Montgomery County Elections Board members were recently suspended by
Husted because they failed to vote to implement his directive.
say part of what Husted has done is aimed to suppress voting by making it
tougher for some people to cast a ballot because there no longer will be
in-person absentee voting on weekends or the Monday before the Nov. 6 election.
point to voting on the weekend and Monday before the election as a key in 2008
for President Barack
to win Ohio, and they say Husted, a Republican, wants to
directive did extend weekday hours, when voters can cast a absentee ballot
in-person at a county elections board.
dismisses talk of voter suppression and says voting starts 35 days before the
election and there are more than 750 hours to vote by mail and 230 hours to
vote in person, plus 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
the first time, the state of Ohio also will mail out absentee ballot applications
to all registered voters for the Nov. 6 election.
means if people are too busy working, or otherwise, or just don’t want to vote
in person, then they can complete the application and mail it back or drop it
off to their county election board, which will then mail back or give an
absentee ballot to the voter to complete.
Once finished, the
voter can then mail back or drop off a ballot to their election board prior to
With all the enthusiasm
in 2008 across Ohio regarding the presidential election one would think there
was a large increase in voting turnout percentage compared to similar
the Ohio General Assembly also approved no-fault absentee voting in 2005 across
the state, which meant voters in 2008 no longer needed to provide a reason to
cast an absentee ballot.
turns out that in Ohio the voter turnout percentage for the 2008 presidential
election was 2.14 percent lower than it was in 2004 before no-fault absentee
voting was allowed. In 2008, the statewide percentage was 69.63, down from
71.77 percent in 2004.
2008 presidential election also ranked sixth in voter turnout percentage out of
the eight presidential elections in Ohio since 1980.
elections generated turnout percentages of 63.73 percent (2000), 67.83 (1996),
77.15 (1992), 71.79 (1988), 73.65 (1984), and 73.87 (1980).
numbers show in November 2008 that there were 5,773,387 out of 8,291,239
registered voters in Ohio who cast a ballot; 5,722,443 of 7,972,826 registered
voters did in November 2004.
data also shows the same pattern held true in Lake, Geauga and Cuyahoga
In 2008, the voter
turnout in Lake County was 122,793, or 76.44 percent, down slightly from
122,862, or 76.69 percent, in 2004. In Geauga County, the voter turnout was 51,674,
or 77.45 percent, in 2008 compared to 51,059, or 78.00 percent, in 2004.
In Cuyahoga County,
voter turnout was 672,750, or 61 percent, in 2008, down from 687,260, or 68
percent, in 2004.
Do claims of potential
voter suppression really have merit? I’m not sure they really do, at least in
this part of the state.
Lake County TEA Party announced it will conduct a candidates forum for Ohio’s
14th Congressional District with Republican nominee David Joyce
Democratic nominee Dale Blanchard
at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Harvey High School
Fourth annual Labor Day Picnic for Wickliffe Mayor Bill Margalis
, 5:30 to
9:30 p.m. Friday at Wickliffe Italian American Club Picnic Pavalion. See Sue Margalis
Fundraiser for state Rep. Casey Kozlowski
, candidate for Ohio House of
Representatives District 99, 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the home of Tom
in Saybrook Township. See Kozlowski.
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: 2012 election, Barack Obama, Dale Virgil Blanchard, David Joyce, Jon Husted, Ohio politics, Ohio Secretary of State