Long lines for early voting before Tuesday's election
November 5th, 2012
04:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Long lines for early voting before Tuesday's election

(CNN) - A day before Tuesday's election, millions of people in key states have already cast absentee or early ballots despite long lines, legal disputes over poll procedures and damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy.

In Ohio, which may be the decisive battleground state, the deadline for early voting passed Monday afternoon. By Friday, more than 1.6 million of Ohio's 7.9 million registered voters had cast ballots, either in person or by mail, said Matt McClellan, a spokesman for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. About 200,000 of the 1.3 million absentee ballots that had been distributed were still out, he said.

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  1. truth hurts

    Early voting gives the Democrats the ability to multiply their illegal voting exponentially. Now instead of an election day of fraud, they can have a month or two of election fraud. Their philosposphy of voting early and often has become a reality.

    November 5, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    FOLKS, please wait in lines, vote for OBAMA. Mitt the twit will mess USA like BUSH HELL AND CRAZY. Yes, on OBAMA12.

    November 5, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F

    The republicans in Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Wisconsin, Virginia have done their best to stop Americans from voting. I hope their un American efforts ends up biting them in their butts.

    November 5, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. cali girl

    Voter Supression, intimidation, reductions in number of days and the hours open for early voting, True the Vote.....
    Brought to you by the GOP.

    November 5, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. jpmichigan

    Everyone is counting the number of registered voters to give either Democrats or Republicans the edge. But one think the Democrats are not counting and can't is the number of Democrats voting for the Republican candidate. Everyone may just be surprised Wednesday morning as to who is President.

    November 5, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. ezduzit757

    The only type of voting fraud that has been uncovered to any degree has been with absentee ballot voting, but none of these Republican governors or Sec's of State are doing anything to prevent THAT type of fraud because those ballots are most frequently Republican votes.

    November 5, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    Thank you to ALL the people who intend to or have already stood in long lines just to vote for our president.

    Speaking from experience, I assure you, your vote will pay off because good always surpasses evil.

    November 5, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Early voting gives the Democrats the ability to multiply their illegal voting exponentially. Now instead of an election day of fraud, they can have a month or two of election fraud. Their philosposphy of voting early and often has become a reality."

    Lay off the meth.

    November 5, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. Gotta Be Kiddin

    jpmichigan

    Everyone is counting the number of registered voters to give either Democrats or Republicans the edge. But one think the Democrats are not counting and can't is the number of Democrats voting for the Republican candidate. Everyone may just be surprised Wednesday morning as to who is President.
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    I think there will be way more Republicans voting for Obama than vice versa. I feel Republicans will be surprised Wednesday morning as to who is President.

    November 5, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F

    I was proud to stand in line and vote for President Obama. I'll bet that right wingnuts who vote for Mittens and Ayn are not proud, but they're all they got, a failed ex governor, and an overpaid congressman on welfare.

    November 5, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. ezduzit757

    I don't understand why these states have such long lines. In my state we only have ONE day to vote and I have never stood in a line of more than 10 people. Are there only a couple of polling places in these states?

    November 5, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. truth hurts

    Wire Palladin, S. F - a failed ex governor
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    Says the clown that thinks 7.9% unemployement is a "success"!! Yeah, that 4.7% unemployment sure was a failure on Romney's part!!! Welcome to nutty land of lefty logic...

    and an overpaid congressman on welfare.
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    hahahaha.... you mean like Obama and Biden (whose whole life has been on "welfare")!!!

    You make this way to easy.....

    November 5, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. FactCheck

    I think there will be way more Republicans voting for Obama than vice versa.
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    And I think I should have a pony and a unicorn.

    November 5, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. I Voted Early In NC

    @truth hurts- I bet you sleep on the sidewalk the night before to buy a new cell phone and also to get a cheap flat screen on black friday. I don't mind standing in line for 2 hours to vote which I did, it is an honor.

    November 5, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. An Ohioan who voted for Obama

    It is very telling that Romney is not even contesting MA because his record there as governor is terrible. The following facts about his jobs record in MA are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

    "Under Romney, MA fell to 47th out of 50 states in job creation and the median income declined."

    "When he left office, MA's unemployment rate was higher than the national average for the first time since 1995."

    "In Romney's first 2 years, wages fell by 5% – the steepest in the nation. While the median income was on the rise, it was dropping in MA."

    "Economic growth trailed the rest of the country every year he was governor, and job growth failed to keep up with population growth, even as the reverse was true in the rest of the country."

    "He was going to be our state governor, the state's top salesman who could talk businessman to businessman and bring home those good-paying jobs. It was all bunk, of course."- Steve Bailey, Boston Globe Columnist, 2-15-06

    The fundamental question is thus this: if those who know him best (MA) do not want Romney, why should anyone else?

    November 5, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Bill

    @truth hurts

    Look at this way, when Obama wins tomorrow, you will have four more years to spout your unsupported, uninformed and blatently ignorant commentary.

    November 5, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    Tomorrow I will once again be voting for President Obama.

    Who knows what might have happened if GOPers hadn't decided to put the worst candidate ever on their ticket two elections running (2008 and 2012).

    Oh BTW: Truth Hurts ... you wanted to know way back why I thought Obama would win Wisconsin. Here's the answer ... blue jean and oxford shirts don't make a Wall Street big shot .... "one of us". Pretending to be what he wasn't only reinforced the contempt he felt for those of us he was pretending to "be one of". It's really that simple.

    November 5, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Raise your hand if you're a Teatroll who has already voted and plan to go wait in line in a major urban area just to make the line take longer.

    November 5, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. truth hurts

    Lynda/Minnesota - Pretending to be what he wasn't only reinforced the contempt he felt for those of us he was pretending to "be one of". It's really that simple.
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    Yeah, Obama PRETENDING to be a leader with a plan to help the country in 2008 has left us worse off in every way. Only clueless lefties look for a president "to be like one of them". Intelligent people look at real facts like experience and performance. What people have actually ACCOMPLISHED, besides reading a teleprompter speech. Obama had nothing on his resume and we were sold "Hope & Change". No real shock to me and others he's a total failure. I predicted it 4 years ago. The American people won't be fooled a second time. You will see that tomorrow, as you did in 2010. Please learn from your mistakes. They have caused great damage to this country over the last 4 years.

    November 5, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. truth hurts

    Sniffit
    Raise your hand if you're a Teatroll who has already voted and plan to go wait in line in a major urban area just to make the line take longer.
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    Oh honestly Sniffy... you know they can't do that because they all have jobs that they have to go to. You know... they are the ones paying all that tax money that goes for all the free stuff you losers get from the government.

    November 5, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Truth

    Ah, Truth ... you never, ever "surprise" me.

    November 5, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. Milton K. Wiah

    Keep the good thing you get now instead of taking back what was bad.

    November 5, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. Travis

    I'm more interested to see how many more people voted Independant this election versus last election. I've got a feeling it will continue to go up.

    November 5, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. kayla

    this is worst than third world country, could you imagine how we look to the rest of the world? shame shame shame and to see we sent men to the moon

    November 5, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Oh honestly Sniffy... you know they can't do that because they all have jobs that they have to go to. You know... they are the ones paying all that tax money that goes for all the free stuff you losers get from the government."

    You make it too easy to drive you crazy hehe

    November 5, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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