I think it's a shame that the Ohio primary suddenly gained the spotlight right as I left the state. I'm missing out on all the fun! It's been all over the news how Clinton needs victories in Ohio and Texas on March 4 in order to secure the nomination. With less than two weeks to go, both campaigns are out in full force in Ohio. I think it would be fun to go to some campaign events--something I've never done before--but, alas, Kansas already voted. Clinton spoke at Columbus State yesterday, and I think Obama is a Columbus today. Oh well. Maybe I can at least watch the debate on Tuesday. Anyone know what network it's on?
The week before I left Columbus, the Dispatch published this poll
. At the time, Clinton led by 23 points. In yesterday's Rasmussen poll
her lead had narrowed to eight points. The race is only getting closer, so I'm excited to see how it turns out.
I've decided that even though I'm still irritated that Ohio won't let Independents vote in party primaries, I'm going to register as a Democrat anyway. The rules aren't likely to change anytime soon, and at least this way I'll have a chance of getting my two cents in there. (Seriously though, Independents should be able to vote either way. Get with it, Ohio. :-P ) I've still got to send in my absentee ballot application, but if I do it this afternoon, that should hopefully give me plenty of time.
With all the voting machine controversy
, I think absentee voters may actually have a bit of an advantage in this election. Because the touch screen machines have been deemed too susceptible to tampering, precincts must also offer paper ballots to all voters that request them, and some election officials fear there may be a ballot shortage
. Union County appealed the paper ballot decision to the Ohio Supreme Court, and the ACLU sued
the Ohio Secretary of State for infringing on Ohioans voting rights. Recently, Ohio made it much easier to obtain an absentee ballot--you no longer need to justify your application--so I expect many voters will take advantage of that, if only to avoid the confusion.
One last link: a New York Times Magazine article
from January about the flaws and foibles of various voting systems. It's kind of longish, but interesting considering the recent controversies about voting in several states.