How to Vote Early

It's easy to vote early! Save yourself time and hassle by casting your ballor before November 4th. Here's how!

Vote Early by Mailvote

When you vote by mail, you won’t ever have to wait in line. To vote by mail, send your application to the board of elections by noon on Saturday, Nov. 1. Here's how to request your ballot. Your voted ballot must be received by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day or by Nov. 14 if postmarked by Monday, Nov. 3. Return postage of your voted ballot is prepaid by the County, so it won’t even cost you a stamp!

Vote Early in Person

To vote with an absentee ballot for the November 4, 2008 General Election in person before Election Day, go to Franklin County Veterans Memorial located at 300 West Broad Street in downtown Columbus. (See map.)
Weekday Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 AM until 7 PM beginning September 30 and ending November 3.
Saturday Hours: From 8 AM until 5 PM on October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1.
Sunday Hours: From 1 PM until 5 PM on October 5, 12, 19, 26, and November 2.

Voters must bring identification to the polls in order to vote a regular ballot on Election Day. Acceptable forms of identification are: current and valid photo identification, military identification, or a copy of a current utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, or paycheck that shows the voter’s name and current address.

For more information, visit the Franklin County Board of Elections website.

Help Obama and Vote Early!

A record voter turnout is expected for the 2008 U.S. presidential election, and that prediction will put new election law reforms to the test. According to, in 2004, 125 million people voted in the presidential election, about 88 percent of registered voters. Experts believe that turnout in 2008 will be somewhere between 125 million and 200 million voters, the highest numbers in recent memory.

popYou can help Obama secure the win by voting early. With thanks to Zorland (as posted on the Daily Kos), here’s why:

1. By voting early you help out yourself. There will be no need for inordinate amounts of stress if something goes wrong on Election Day. Car trouble? Lost wallet? Gotta work late? Well, if you've voted early it's no worse than any other day. And, you avoid the long lines (and oh, will they be long)!

2. By voting early you help other people out by reducing the amount of time they have to wait in line. And by voting early, you can alleviate some of the strain placed on local poll workers, most of whom are working that 15 hour day not because of the great pay but because they believe in our election process, one of the most fundamental of all democratic privileges.

3. You can help out the campaign by becoming a Democratic poll worker. Visit the Franklin County Board of Elections for more information. Act quickly!

There are other things you can do, too:

a) Sign up to be an Observer on Election Day. This means you just watch everything that happens and make sure it’s on the up and up. Call Angela Brooks (cell) (617-784-1831) and tell her that Herb said to call.

b) Help to Get Out The Vote (GOTV). Contact Ankit Patel at or 735-2720 to help with this effort.

c) You can help pass out sample ballots at the polls. Available shifts include: 6:00 - 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sign up online and someone will be in touch with you! Remember: Barack is counting on us to help win this election!

4. It's a lot harder for corrupt politicians to claim election fraud with your ballot. They are already planning on contesting the results of this election based on voter fraud. Read more about it here, and see what they’re saying in the UK.

You can easily vote early in Franklin County. Here's how!

The Daily Show: Are you a "Real American"?

Once again, Jon Stewart connects the dots, where the mainstream media misses it.

This time about the Republican's campaign claiming they are the party of the "Real Americans". The Jason Jones interview with the Wasilla mayor nails it:


Here's the latest in a string of comments from Republicans that question Democrats' patriotism.


Obama stomps on McCain's big moment

Private sector loans, not Fannie or Freddie, triggered crisis

McCain's talk radio supporters are trying to rewrite history regarding the causes of the financial crisis.

This article sets the record straight.

By David Goldstein and Kevin G. Hall | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — As the economy worsens and Election Day approaches, a conservative campaign that blames the global financial crisis on a government push to make housing more affordable to lower-class Americans has taken off on talk radio and e-mail.

Commentators say that's what triggered the stock market meltdown and the freeze on credit. They've specifically targeted the mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which the federal government seized on Sept. 6, contending that lending to poor and minority Americans caused Fannie's and Freddie's financial problems.

Federal housing data reveal that the charges aren't true, and that the private sector, not the government or government-backed companies, was behind the soaring subprime lending at the core of the crisis.

Creationism: State School Board

Progressives should be alert to the race for the Ohio School Board, where the issue of creationism is unfortunately is being overlooked by many.

In District 6 (Columbus metro), candidate Kristen McKinley can be counted on to fight against efforts to put "intelligent design" aka creationism into the statewide science curriculum. Schools are obligated to follow state standards, so our votes for state school board candidates do count!

In her letter to voters, McKinley says,

"I am aware of the time spent by the current Board debating curriculum issues such as creationism versus evolution. Because the current state of the law is a separation between church and state, debating this subject is whittling away public funds over an issue that has no current place in public schools. I believe that there are far more pressing issues that this Board must address."

McKinley is endorsed by the Franklin County Democrative Party, the Ohio Education Association, Ohio Association of Public School Employees, Ohio Federation of Teachers, and Ohio AFL-CIO.

Obama's prediction

Campaign Funnies: Palin Blasts Obama's Ties to the Weather Channel

‘Palling Around with Meteorologists,' Guv Claims

PAlaska governor Sarah Palin went on the attack today, claiming that Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama had longstanding ties to The Weather Channel.

"What does it say about our opponent that he thinks this nation's weather is so imperfect that he needs to be allied with The Weather Channel?" she asked a crowd in Tampa, Florida. "There's a fine line between hating America's weather and hating America herself."

Gov. Palin said that she learned about Sen. Obama's ties to The Weather Channel last week "when I was trying hard to read The New York Times."

"They said that Sen. Obama was hanging out with weathermen," she said. "Do we really want to elect someone who has been palling around with meteorologists?"

Gov. Palin's latest attacks came on the heels of a new poll showing that the only demographic group that still support her are morons, sometimes referred to by political insiders as "no-information voters."

"It may sound like she spouting idiocy, but there's a method to her madness," said Tracy Klugian, a Republican strategist. "She's speaking to her base."

Elsewhere, Sen. John McCain's practice session for the second presidential debate was cut short when his pants burst into flame.

Obamanomics and closing the income gap

In the 2nd Presidential debate, Obama said:

"Prosperity is not just going to trickle down. We've got to help the middle class. Part of the problem here is that for many of you, wages and incomes have flat-lined. For many of you, it is getting harder and harder to save, harder and harder to retire."

Obama's pointing out our nation's increasing income inequality.

The majority of social scientists believe that income inequality currently poses a problem for American society, and Alan Greenspan stated it to be a "very disturbing trend."

As I've often said... this [increasing income inequality] is not the type of thing which a democratic society—a capitalist democratic society—can really accept without addressing. - Alan Greenspan, June 2005

The chart (right) shows that the total share of national income going to the super-rich has more than doubled since 1979. The merely well off have also gotten a slightly bigger piece of the pie, while everyone else has funded this free-for-all. "Everyone else," in this case, means 90% of the country. Our share of national income has gone down in order to make sure that virtually all the fruits of economic growth over the past four decades could go to the well-off, the rich, and the super-duper-rich.

Closing the income gap continues to be one of Obama's highest priorities. (NYTimes: Closing Income Gap Tops Obama’s Agenda for Economic Change). McCain wants more tax cuts for the rich; Mr. Obama wants tax cuts for the poor and middle class. And economic history is on Obama's side (NYTimes: Would Obama’s Plan Be Faster, Fairer, Stronger?)


Obama walks the talk on health care

Another reason to be proud of Barack Obama. Here's an editorial from the Zanesville Recorder:

Obama covers health care

Recently Sara Eckhouse, the Obama field organizer in Zanesville, fell and had to be taken to the emergency room. Accidents happen, of course, but I was surprised when I took Sara to the emergency room. Sara had complete medical coverage from the Obama campaign.

Over the years, I have known a lot of campaign workers. However, this is the first time I have ever known a campaign to cover the temporary people who work the campaign.

Barack Obama is willing to put his money where his health concerns are. You and I know that he could have bought thousands of campaign commercials with the money he is spending on health care for his temporary campaign workers. Instead, he makes sure that people, like Sara working in Zanesville, has health coverage.

If Obama spends his campaign money to ensure that his workers have health care (and no one knows about it), don't you think he will be concerned with the health care of all of us?


Sara has a broken nose and is doing fine.


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