Join The America Votes Coalition, Reform Ohio Now, and allies on Saturday, June 17th as activists and organizations train, recruit, and prepare for the November elections. The training will be free to all activists, and breakfast and lunch will be provided.
At the event, you will learn what is at stake in 2006 and hear from the "Raise the Wage" campaign--the initiative to increase Ohio's minimum wage. In the afternoon, there will be breakout sessions that will train activists on important skills that will help mobilize voters this fall, like voter contact, communications and fundraising.
We've recruited professionals to conduct these sessions-so it is a great opportunity to learn from the pros! The training details are:
Date: Saturday, June 17th from 10 am until 4 pm (Sign in and breakfast begin at 9:30 am-the program will begin at 10 am)
Where: UFCW Hall, 913 Lebanon St., Monroe, OH 45050 Parking: Free on Site
Sign up today for the training!
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If you or anyone you know experiences a voting irregularity today, please register it here.
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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Bryan E. Flannery this morning made a request to Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell to extend voting hours to 8:15pm this evening in response to numerous reports of voters being turned away at polling locations in Cuyahoga and Summit Counties. “Voters of this state deserve every opportunity to cast their ballots.” Flannery said. “Turning away voters because of defective machines or inexperienced poll workers is inexcusable. We must do everything possible to ensure fair, safe, and honest elections. Extending poll hours and giving those turned away this morning an additional opportunity to cast their ballot is the right thing to do.
NewsChannel5 reported that about 200 election workers will not work the polls because they were confused over the new voting machine.
High-tech voting got off to a slow start this morning in dozens of Franklin County precincts as poll workers struggled to produce start-of-the-day printouts from new touch-screen machines.
About 50 people who showed up to cast ballots at 6:30 a.m. left their polling places without voting, county elections officials said. About 20 percent of precincts -- more than 160 -- opened as late as 7 a.m., they said.
Voters reported scattered problems with the machines, being used in today's primary election for the first time across Franklin County.
One Republican voter said his vote for U.S. Rep. Deborah Pryce registered on the screen for U.S. Sen. Michael DeWine. Pollworkers shut down the machine because of a calibration problem.
At Beck School on the South Side, two of five machines weren't working this morning. Damschroder said paper tapes became loose during transport so the machines incorrectly indicated they had no paper.
In Westerville and Worthington, some voters said their ballots didn't include school levies. White said poll workers loaded the wrong ballots for those voters.
At late-opening precincts, Damschroder said, poll workers mistakenly thought they couldn't let people vote until they printed out reports from each machine to show they had no votes registered before 6:30 a.m.
BOE Spokeswoman Jane Platten was on WEWS in place of Michael Vu. She apologized that voters were turned away in some places where the machines weren't working this morning, said that the BOE should have been able to provide a paper optical scan ballot if you couldn't vote with the touch screen machines, that didn't happen, she hopes the voters who were turned away will come back. BOE doesn't know if the polls will be extended this evening, case ongoing.
One voter came out of the polling place early in the morning (when the time it took to vote was very long) and said, "Call your candidate. None of the machines are working, everyone has to vote on paper. It's very chaotic in there. I wouldn't trust it as to security." I made the call. I also called the Plain Dealer.
Later, another voter came up to me and said "I couldn't vote for your guy [Rogers] because I had to vote a Republican ballot in order to vote against [Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken] Blackwell. But the big irony is, none of his machines are working."
This is the first Election Day for electronic voting in Cuyahoga County, the largest county in the nation to so far switch over to touch-screen voting. Callers to WTAM 1100 right after the polls opened at 6:30 a.m. reported problems at scattered polling places where the computerized voting systems were not up and running. Some voters were turned away and told to come back later in the day to vote on optical-scan ballots, while other voters say the same locations had no problems to report as little as a half hour later.
Now, generally speaking, do you think things in this country are going in the right direction, or do you feel things are pretty seriously off on the wrong track?
Right direction 22 percent
Wrong track 68 percent
Don't know 10 percent
How would you rate the job being done by George W Bush as President -- excellent, good, just fair or poor?
Excellent 8 percent
Good 21 percent
Just Fair 21 percent
Poor 50 percent
Don't know 0
How would you rate the job being done by Mike DeWine as United States Senator -- excellent, good, just fair or poor?
Excellent 5 percent
Good 29 percent
Just fair 39 percent
Poor 14 percent
Don't know 13 percent
Overall, do you think Mike DeWine deserves reelection as United States Senator, or do you think that someone else should be given a chance?
Deserves reelection 30 percent
Someone else 48 percent
Don't know 21 percent
In the election for United States Senate, if the candidates were (READ AND ROTATE), for whom will you vote? (IF UNDECIDED) Well, if the election were held today, and you had to decide right now, toward which candidate would you lean (READ AND ROTATE)?
Democrat Sherrod Brown 45 percent
Republican Mike DeWine 44 percent
Still undecided 11 percent
These questions are from a survey of 800 likely general election voters conducted by The Feldman Group April 24-April 27 for the Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate campaign. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
Sample base is 2004 general election voters selected by the random cluster method from the Ohio voter file and screened for likely participation in the November 2006 general election.
A close past association with now-convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff has put long-popular Republican Rep. Bob Ney at risk as he seeks a seventh term in Ohio’s 18th District.
The Democrats’ intent to aim squarely at Ney’s Achilles’ heel was inherent in a TV ad released Monday by Chillicothe Mayor Joe Sulzer — which says “a culture of corruption in Washington” has rendered the government incapable of curbing rising gas prices and the outsourcing of Americans’ jobs to other countries, issues troubling many voters in the mainly working-class 18th.
With an ongoing continuing federal investigation into Abramoff’s Capitol Hill contacts clouding Ney’s re-election prospects, CQPolitics.com has moved the 18th District race into its No Clear Favorite, or tossup, category, from Leans Republican.
This morning's CBS 12 "Newsmakers" program, Jean Schmidt lied to the voters – only two days before the election. In an effort to cover up Jean Schmidt's involvement in the scandalous culture of corruption, Schmidt said she didn't know Tom Noe. Schmidt said she'd never met Tom Noe. Schmidt said she had never even heard of Tom Noe. The woman with the "file-card memory" lied.
You see, Jean Schmidt was Vice Chair of the Higher Education
Subcommittee of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee. During
the same period, Tom Noe was a member of the Board of Regents.
In fact, on March 21, 2002, official state documents prove Jean Schmidt testified before Tom Noe's committee.
The Schmidt Campaign released a press release Monday alleging that Paul Hackett has been misleading voters by "touting that he will be the first Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran to serve in Congress." According to the press release, "that is untrue."
The release goes on to explain that "Republican Congressman Mark Steven Kirk of Illinois served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Kirk is a Naval Reserve intelligence officer who is the only member of Congress to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom."
I would hardly consider a politician spending "one weekend a month" in the Pentagon to be a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Most definitions of veteran include the phrase "active duty status." Active duty status refers to "full-time duty in the active military service of the United States." Given these criteria, the situation becomes much more clear. Mark Steven Kirk was a politican in D.C. when the conflict began, and he was a politician in D.C. when he spent one weekend a month at the Pentagon during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
And yes, this is a real press release, and yes putting that out on the last day of the campaign so that nobody has a chance to blast you for it is one of the most pathetically cowardly things I've seen.
During Rep. Jean Schmidt’s (R-OH) shameful attack on Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) on the House Floor she said she was communicating a message from Marine Colonel Danny Bubp:A few minutes ago I received a call from Colonel Danny Bubp, Ohio Representative from the 88th district in the House of Representatives. He asked me to send Congress a message: Stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message, that cowards cut and run, Marines never do. Danny and the rest of America and the world want the assurance from this body – that we will see this through.
Bubp denies he said that:Danny Bubp, a freshman state representative who is a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve, told The Enquirer that he never mentioned Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., by name when talking with Schmidt…”There was no discussion of him personally being a coward or about any person being a coward,” Bubp said.
The freshman congresswoman is facing a complaint about the truthfulness of her education and her endorsements.
The Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes, or COAST, has endorsed Schmidt's opponent in the GOP primary, Bob McEwen. The group claims that some of Schmidt's claimed endorsements are bogus, and instead of two bachelor degrees as stated on various biographical material, she has one.
"If it was one incident, I might think there was some merit in letting it go," COAST's Jim Urling said. "But we've got a very troubling, disconcerting pattern of misrepresentations here."
Schmidt's chief of staff, Barry Bennett, denied any such pattern. He told News 5 that a staffer mistakenly credited Schmidt with a second degree while creating a Web site six years ago, when Schmidt was in the Ohio House. Bennett said Schmidt's official Web sites were corrected a year ago.
However, News 5 found a mid-June survey from the League of Women Voters that reflects two college degrees.