Early voting advocates are targeting college students, the homeless, the poor and minorities — voters who have traditionally had a hard time getting to the polls.
Obama's campaign planned to organize carpools from college campuses around the state to local polling places. And the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless hoped to transport 2,000 homeless individuals from shelters to polling places in the Cleveland area.
"This is a win for Jennifer Brunner's partisan efforts to aide the Democrat turnout strategy," Ohio GOP Chairman Bob Bennett said in a statement. "Naturally we're disappointed in these rulings." He didn't address a possible appeal.
Some charged the Ohio Republican Party was trying to suppress the vote.
"There are some forces in the Republican Party that seem bound and determined to suppress the vote by any means necessary," said Dan Tokaji, an Ohio State University elections law expert.
"The Republicans' cynical 11th-hour ploy to disenfranchise Ohio voters has been soundly rejected in federal court," Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said.
This means early voting in Ohio is from September 30-October 6, 2008.
This means, OHIO VOTING IS ON!!!!
Now, first let's get down to these colleges and universities. Let's focus on where our lovely students can go register and vote.
Type in your name, address and click submit. The address of where you need to go will appear. Students, perform your god sent duty and VOTE by October 6, 2008.
Start right HERE.
In fact, anyone can vote early and if you are not registered, you can register and vote on the same day.
More information at the ohio.barackobama.com
This is the law in Ohio for Students to Vote:
May a college student register and vote from his or her school address in Ohio?
Yes, a student may vote using his or her Ohio school residence address. However, the student may not also vote an absentee ballot where he or she last lived (e.g. with one or more parent or guardian). When a college student votes from his or her school address, the school residence is considered to be the place to which the student's habitation is fixed and to which, whenever the student is absent, the student intends to return, and is considered by the student to be his or her permanent residence at the time of voting.
Deadline for registering to vote is Monday, October 6, 2008.
On-Line voter registration form, here. Mail form to your county election board, addresses and phone numbers here.
Request a voter registration form to be sent to you, here.
Absentee ballot form, here. Instructions on requesting an absentee ballot in Ohio, here.
Voter registration information for Ohio, here.
Ohio Secretary of State
For other state information to vote, it is all here.
If you are near Ohio and got some time, volunteer and GOTV this week. Let's bank those votes EARLY for Barack.