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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Saturday, October 02, 2004

    More votes, but for whom? 

    Ohioans are registering to vote like never before. The Akron Beacon Journal's Dennis J. Willard and Doug Oplinger found that compared with registration is up from 7.3 percent in traditionally Republican counties to 8.5 percent in those that usually end up in the Democratic column. They were careful not to draw conclusions as to whom the new registrants might vote. If we Ohioans are anything like new Democrat John Eisenhower, son of the former president, chosing a leader involves a complicated set of criteria and does not depend on whether you live in a Democratic county or are the son of a famous Republican.

    No one knows the direction the new registrants will take - they aren't voters until they vote and not all of them will bother - because Ohioans do not have to declare a party when registering. One factor in the increased number of registrants could be students. The Columbus Dispatch's Kathy Lynn Gray and Seth Seymour found students not only are registering to vote but also are switching registrations from less hotly contested states to Ohio.

    ``My vote would be a lot more useful in Ohio,'' Denison University senior Jed Findley told The Dispatch. He is a Republican who had been registered in New Jersey. (Findley may have acted too soon as three recent polls indicate that the Republicans have are making a run in usually Democratic New Jersey.)

    Both parties and many tangential groups have been trying to register as many people as possible who share their beliefs. Darrell Rowland, another Dispatch reporter, also has found evangelical Christians are squarely in President Bush's corner, an advantage that, according to University of Akron politcal scientist John Green, helped Bush win Ohio in 2000.

    Whatever Ohioans do with their votes, they have through Monday to secure them.

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 1:21 PM

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