If the United States had mandatory voting like some other countries, voter turnout wouldn’t be the mystery it always is at election time.

Hillary Clinton made a return trip Wednesday to Chicago to visit the Bronzeville community. Her purpose was to encourage her supporters to vote in the March 15th Illinois primary and to take advantage of early voting.

GOTV In Columbus

With Ohio’s March 15 primary less than a month away, top Democrats supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton for president held a press conference in front of Columbus City Hall Thursday to alert voters that they can start voting early.

Mrs. Clinton wasn’t in Columbus, but even so, Hillary for Ohio kicked off the first week of early vote with Ohio leadership council from Columbus including U.S. Representative Joyce Beatty, Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther, and former Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman. These current and former elected officials announced their public endorsement of Mrs. Clinton.

Clinton press says the candidate “has a progressive policy agenda that is designed to create an economy that works for all Americans … From raising wages for working families, guaranteeing that women finally have equal pay, to ensuring that students can afford college, Clinton’s plans are focused on opening more doors of opportunity for Americans.”

More than most other candidates, Hillary Clinton has released a comprehensive agenda to help middle class families get ahead. Among her policy papers, Mrs. Clinton has outlined plans to strengthen the economy, build on President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, reduce the cost of prescription drugs, enact gun violence prevention reform, and expand employment opportunities for all communities.

Franklin County voters can cast absentee ballots in person at the county’s early-voting center, 1700 Morse Road, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays through March 4. Voters can request absentee ballots by mail until March 12. Those must be returned in-person by 7:30 p.m. on March 15. Those returned by mail must be postmarked by March 14 and arrive by March 25. After March 4, the early voting center will be open the following hours:

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5

• 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays between March 7 and March 11

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 12

• 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 13

• 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, March 14

Primary voters will decide which presidential candidate to support from a crowded Republican field that includes Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Democrats will choose between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Mrs. Clinton won the Democratic primary in Ohio in 2008.