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Voting Starts Today in OH — What's Your Registration Status?

While election day is still 35 days out (who's counting?) today marks the day Ohio residents can start casting their ballots. The opening of the flood gates comes just a day after Ohio courts ruled that new voters can register and cast an absentee ballot on the same day. Both candidates have been in the state, raising a little Buckeye and enthusiasm for their campaigns ahead of bringing on the vote. If you're holding a ballot in your hand and you're still not sure, Google has a rad (yep, I said it. Rad.) tool to help you search quotes from the candidates by subject. Go play and learn!

Ohio isn't the only state allowing early voting. States like IA, VA, NV, NM, and NC, all allow early and absentee voting. For some, the question isn't when to vote, it's are they registered — for a bunch of reasons. In Houston, some groups are calling for an extended deadline following Hurricane Ike — lots of voters are more worried about where to sleep, than if they're registered.

Are you similarly concerned about the deadline to register, and whether you are or not? You're in luck! The deadline is quickly approaching — check out the list from Rock the Vote to see when your state falls. Saturday, October 4 has deadlines for RI, SC, and WA. Put it on your list of things to do! Think you might be registered but want to check? VotePoke will tell you.


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milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I'll probably go in the morning before work so I can wear my sticker all day too. Oh and CG I want an "I Farted" sticker too. Those are hilarious. Oh and hausfrau...I usually love looking at your cupcakes and while I'm sure this one is tasty...the spider is creeping me out. lol
0danielle0 0danielle0 8 years
While I usually vote absentee, I cannot wait to walk up to my polling place on Nov 4th and place my vote for Barack. I'm tearing up just thinking about it. :)
Megatron Megatron 8 years
I am registered but thanks for the rad tools :)
hope2be hope2be 8 years
Lynne, wow, that's really nice of the campaign to drive those who can't to go vote. I may want to hitch a ride, hehehehe (just in case). I just want to know since I don't live in a batteground state (mine is a blue state). I almost feel like those who live in non-battleground states don't have as much as important vote sometimes, but it's good to know, it's not like that!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Hypno... maybe you really should consider changing your name now! Hausfrau has.... True Song has.... why not you, Hypnotoad? Hypnotoad is a wonder to behold. He looks amazing. He sounds amazing. He makes one feel amazing.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
haha hypno! I changed my name! When I signed up I picked that one as sort of cake+baker but after it occured to me that hausfrau is better! Mainly because I like the term housewife and I think its gotten a bad rep... so I changed it! maybe if you spent more time with us.... ;) amy - this cupcake is making ME crave cupcakes too!!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
In disguise of course, shhhhh.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Hypno, Hausfrau is cabaker! She changed her name.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Speaking of cupcakes where the hell has cabaker27 been?
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's a hard thing to register to vote when you're from out of state since they ask for so many resident documents, but i'm going to take care of it. i do think that it's an interesting thing that you can start voting so early - although i'm not sure that i'm decided yet. i still don't know who will be a better team to lead the country.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
haus, I am majorly craving cupcakes now! Wow that looks delicious!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Thanks that's me and big Momma, so now everytime I say "well like my Momma used to say..." that's who it was.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Hypno that's a really sweet picture :)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
hypnotoad!? LOL! Oh no. I've got to hold myself to some standards.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
If I vote early, will the calls stop?!?!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
amy I only wish people could hear the sound that hypnotoad makes!!
liliblu liliblu 8 years
True Song and Jill, I always take a cheat sheet when I vote. It makes voting much easier. It gives me time to look up information on judges up for election or re-election or find info on people I'm unfamilar with. At my old address I voted almost right in across the street from my house. I would have walked but that could be dangerous. Now I'm right down the road. Some of my neighbors even work at my polling place.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
CaterpillarGirl! Will you be my new Sugar BFF?!?!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I have only lived in very red or very blue states until somewhat recently. Personally, I never felt frustrated, because even though my states electoral votes were a foregone conclusion, I could still make a difference. For one thing, even a solidly red state like North Dakota would make headlines if the Republican won it with, say, only 55% of the vote instead of 65% (which would have been a difference of less than 20,000 votes, I think , in 2004). For another, I could still donate, make phone calls, and make other contributions to the campaign. Third, and most importantly, and this is a big issue with me, there's usually a ton of other stuff on the ballot! It's easy to get wrapped up in the presidential race because it's everywhere and you can talk to your neighbors and coworkers about it, but local elections are much more likely to affect your daily life and, on the flip side , you are much more able to have a say in them. I get as wrapped up in the city council elections as I do in Obama and McCain. Probably more, to be honest, since while I gave John McCain due consideration as a candidate, it's no real surprise that I settled on Obama, whereas with the city races, and to some extent house races, it can be trickier to id the candidate that shares most of my values.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
I'm registered, I just can't seem to get it switched to where I actually live! I moved almost 3 years ago and I've tried twice to change my voter registration and both times it has not worked! (It took them to the 2nd time to change my drivers license address) Very frustrating! I kind of gave up on it for the time being, but maybe I'll take another stab at it this week.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
amy - nope, not Ohio but another swing state! i lived there last election so i didn't worry about absentee ballots, but i will be casting it from afar this election so now i'm a bit worried. i sort of feel bad for the non-swing states, it must be really discouraging to live in a state that consistently goes one way... esp. if its not your way.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
That's really funny about your mom, Sarah! Hey Haus... you're in Ohio, right? I was too in the last election. I completed an absentee ballot but seem to recall that they were never even counted. Do you recall that at all? Hypno... can I call you hypnotoad? There's a character on Futurama that I'm obsessed with called hypnotoad.
JessicaLE JessicaLE 8 years
Locked and loaded down here in Columbus, OH! This election will change history! :)
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