That said, in Ohio, the courts recently reinstated the process of early voting after it had been taken away by Republicans. This potentially affected millions given that roughly 1.7 million ballots in Ohio came in before Election Day in 2008.
Critical to the President’s historic victory in 2008 was early voting in states like Ohio, North Carolina and Florida, needless, to say, voting early can make a huge difference.
And apparently some Republicans think so too since they’re doing all they can to stop it in certain places. Earlier this year, Ohio GOP official Doug Priesse said: "I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine…"
Wow, black folks promptly exercising our democratic rights is a scary thing, huh? Guess Mr. Priesse was bankin’ on us to be on CP time.
But no matter who you vote for, let’s take the First Lady’s lead and get out there and vote early, if you can… Check your state’s voter guidelines to see if early voting is an option which, in most places, it is.
I’ll leave you with these words on the importance of your vote:
“Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.”