Big Day Tuesday! Early Voting Starts!

Tuesday, October 2, is the big day in Ohio. It's the first day you can head down to your local Board of Elections and cast your vote for the November election. You can be among the first to experience the pleasure of helping to re-elect President Obama, to vote for Sherrod Brown and put the kibbosh on Josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel's political ambitions, and to vote for Mike Skindell, Bill O'Neill and Yvette McGee Brown for Ohio Supreme Court to create to balanced court for the first time in many people's memories. It's also the first day you can vote YES on Issue 2 to take away the redistricting power from politicians and put it in the hands of a nonpartisan citizens panel.

Around the state, Democratic groups are planning events to draw public attention to the fact that voting is open.

In Cuyahoga County, Cleveland state senator Nina Turner is making one of the boldest moves (no one ever accused her of being a shrinking violet). She's planning a sleepover Monday night through Tuesday morning at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections at E. 30th and Euclid Avenue. She'll be joined by political, community and religious leaders, who will undoubtedly have some choice words for those who are trying to limit opportunities to vote. They'll be there at 7 p.m. Monday night and when the BoE opens for voting at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, they'll be in line.

Down in Columbus, students are planning a similar camp-out at the Franklin County early voting location at 1700 Morse Road. Since that's not exactly a central location, Organizing for America is organizing for getting people there from the OSU Student Union starting at 9:30 p.m. Monday. They are looking or sleeping bags, tents, and rides.

We will tag each sleeping bag and tent with your information (Name & Phone) to return to you in a prompt fashion; for rides, we will only need you to provide one ride from the Student Union to the Early Voting site (1700 Morse Rd.) - we will meet at the Student Union at 9:20 p.m.

You can offer your help at

If you have questions call Natalie Raps at 614-531-8532.

I expect you would be welcome to join them at the early voting location even if you are not a student.

They're not so into sleeping out in Trumbull County. But on Tuesday at the Trumbull County Board of Elections at 2947 Youngstown Rd SE in Warren, Congressman Tim Ryan will be gathering a group to vote early from noon to 1 p.m."Come vote with him an show your support or Barack Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket," says their invitation.

And don't forget you can register or reregister your change of address through October 9 aka "The Golden Week" (no, despite their threats the Republicans didn't get around to eliminating it). Be sure you are registered – and then go vote!

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