From the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Politics Extra Blog (“Who’s voting early?”):
Jessie Sears of Avondale was one of about 30 people – nearly all Democrats and members of the NAACP – who camped out overnight on Broadway downtown to be there when the Hamilton County Board of Elections began its in-person early-voting at 8 a.m.
She spent the chilly night in a lawn chair, wrapped in a heavy pullover, while her 18-year-old grandson, Emmanuel Brockman, slept tin the car.
“I think it is important,” Sears said. “If we don’t vote, so many of the things we have gained over the years could be lost – Social Security, Medicare. People need help. We have to put the right people in office to help them.”
By the time the doors to the board of elections opened at 8 a.m., about 60 people – an overwhelmingly Democratic crowd – was lined up outside the board offices.
[T]the overwhelming majority of those waiting to vote were Democrats like Fred Wideman of North Avondale.
Wideman did not sleep over, but came about 7 a.m. to wait in line to cast his ballot.
“I’m here to prove the polls wrong when they say that certain people won’t show up,” said Wideman. The 69-year-old said he was referring to African-American voters, of which he is one.
“I can’t speak for everybody, but, for my part, I’ll going to make a statement,” Wideman said.
The only GOP voters they noted—in the County where the 1st Congressional District will be won or loss—were all candidates for office.
Okay, but that’s just one county. How about a more Republican county, like Congresswoman Jean Schmidt’s home county of Clermont County?
Just two voters – a candidate for Clermont County Commission, Republican Archie Wilson and his wife, Sandy – were waiting when the doors opened at 8 a.m. at the Clermont County Board of Elections in Batavia.
“We got here a half hour early thinking there might be a line out there, but it didn’t happen,” said Board of Elections Director Judy Miller. “We normally have one or two voters out there.”
The county expects to serve anywhere from 25 to 40 voters Tuesday, she said.
Clermont County expected to see less voters for the whole day than Hamilton County saw before it opened.
What about Butler County—“Speaker” Boehner’s home turf?
Butler County Democrats hosted a tailgate party with coffee and doughnuts early Tuesday outside the Board of Elections off Princeton Road in Fairfield Township.
“Early voting will be critical in this election, and we are already working hard to get our voters out,” said Jocelyn Bucaro, chair of the Butler County Democratic Party. “Democrats are excited to vote this year, especially for Governor Ted Strickland, Lee Fisher, Steve Driehaus and Justin Coussoule. ”
I got my coffee and doughnut last Tuesday in Butler County. At the time, there was a dozen Democratic volunteers tailgating versus one Republican. The Board of Elections was amassed with Democratic signs. The GOP? Only a few Boehner and local GOP candidate signs.
Just something to think about.