Oct
19
2012

Oh, those inconvenient early voting numbers in OH!

Oh, dear: I hadn’t realized that the pushback to this:

Four years ago, Democrats made up about 42% of the early and absentee vote while Republicans made up 22% – a dismal 20-point deficit that contributed to Sen. John McCain’s defeat in Ohio.

Through Wednesday, however, the margin has narrowed: Democrats account for 36% of the early and absentee vote while Republicans make up for 29%.

…was something as desperate as this:

Voters in Ohio do not register by party in traditional fashion. Instead, voters are only identified as Republican or Democrat based on their participation in a primary, making it difficult to know just where early vote sympathies lie.

Republicans had a competitive presidential primary earlier this year. Democrats did not. Is it possible someone that a Democrat in Toledo registered as a Republican to vote for Romney over Rick Santorum last March, but is now supporting Obama? Absolutely. But this hypothetical Obama supporter’s absentee ballot would be marked Republican.

In other words: Operation Chaos. :rolling eyes: Because that has to work sometime, right?

I had more: but you know something?  Yeah, let’s go with that argument.  Suuuuuuure, over 100K Ohio Democrats participated in the Republican primary this year to vote in Romney over Santorum, or Santorum over Romney, or whatever the heck this particular cosplay scenario requires; and now they’re going to flip back and go with the Lightworker in the general.  They’re eager for it.  Guess that means that Ohio is in the bag for the Democrats, and the only thing that Ohio Republicans can do to mitigate the damage is to each grab three friends and make sure that they all go to the polls on Election Day. Or whatever else the OH GOP suggests.

Or Ohio Republicans could, you know, do all of that anyway.  Just on the odd chance that it’s not effectively impossible for 100K Ohio Democrats to pull off an organized effort to spam the Republican primary without leaving any kind of trail of evidence.

Moe Lane

6 Comments

  • Spegen says:

    They know a storm is coming and are desperate to find anything to protect them from the rain, no matter how flimsy or foolish.

  • […] Attempts to diminish GOP early voting gains in Ohio are being met with rightful derision by Moe Lane. (h/t Medicine Man) […]

  • Catseye says:

    Things are in motion, yesterday the Obama/Romney signs were 1/1 today it’s 1/3 looks like the surge is hitting Michigan.

  • JamesGOP says:

    Is it true that Obama is looking for smaller venues for his rallies, lest they appear less than overflowing?

  • Jbird says:

    No, It’s ok Dems! Pay no attention to Moe Lane. Nate Silver says that Obama’s chances of re-election have gone up nearly 9.94543% in the last week to 70.436552%, give or take .00001%. He’s back, baby! You guys got this in the bag. That’s so far ahead you probably don’t even have to go vote yourself if you got something else going on that day or if you gotta run errands, or if it’s raining or maybe if it’s so sunny out you just want to have a picnic. It’ll be fine, don’t worry.

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