Vote Today (Except in Ohio)

Ohio electoral politics explained

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) tells us

Polls will not open for Ohio’s primary election Tuesday after a late-night decision from Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration, effectively upheld by the state Supreme Court, to delay in-person voting until June in an effort to protect voters and poll workers from the coronavirus outbreak.

“During this time when we face an unprecedented public health crisis, to conduct an election tomorrow would force poll workers and voters to place themselves at an unacceptable health risk of contracting coronavirus,” DeWine said in a statement.

The election was in limbo for several hours Monday night after a judge in Columbus denied a last-minute attempt backed by the state to postpone the primary election. But DeWine responded with an order from the state’s top health official, Amy Acton, closing physical polling places as the legal battle moved up to the Ohio Supreme Court. Early Tuesday morning, four judges on that court issued a unanimous, unsigned ruling declining to stop the state from shuttering polls. Three other judges on the court recused — two because they’re currently running for reelection and the other because he is DeWine’s son.

Well, this is something new. Let’s break this down just a little bit. DeWine is a Republican, Amy Acton is a Democrat. This could be St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans from Gov. DeWine, but what motive would Acton have?

DeWine’s motivation might be benign, but it also might be for the purposes of throwing a spanner. You see, according to NBC/Marist polling, Biden leads Sanders 58% to 35%. If Ohio went clearly for Biden, pretty much the Democratic Primary would be over, Biden would be close to invincible, and the Republicans would be sad to see the fight end early.

It’s to Dear Leader’s advantage to have the Democrats beat each other up for a few more weeks. Also it is very clear Lord Damp Nut does not want to face off against Handsome Joe Biden, but is drooling at the opportunity to face off against Bernie Sanders, whom he sees as easily defeatable.

Anyway, what is clear is that Ohio is not voting today.

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5 Responses to Vote Today (Except in Ohio)

  1. Dennis Cole says:

    “Oook! Oook!” Visibility and risibility combined, so pay close attention to the monkey, er, APE at the chalkboard.

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  2. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    Anyway, what is clear is that Ohio is not voting today.

    I thought it was because today is the day that Roddy McCorley dies at the bridge of Toome.

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  3. donnah says:

    Speaking as an Ohio resident, I honestly didn’t immediately tie DeWine’s decision to postpone our election today to party lines. He’s been very aggressive on taking actions against the pandemic, being among the earliest state officials to close schools, restaurants and the like. He is a doofus, but I think he’s very serious about protecting the lives of people in Ohio and beyond.

    My husband went early to check on our polling site and found that apparently they had planned to set up, but the machines had been dismantled and there were inky a couple of poll monitors milling around.

    We can go vote at the Board of Elections downtown, I think, or mail in. I feel like the coronavirus confusion would affect our vote numbers anyway.

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    • MJG says:

      Ohio Resident here. Agreed, DeWine is a bit of a jerk, but he has been proactive to a fault about this. I don’t see any bad intent here, just erring on the side of safety.


  4. Scott M says:

    We went to bed thinking the judge refused to rubber-stamp DeWine and we’d vote today. Surprised they didn’t use the Health Dept. in the first place. And as much as we despise DeWine, he gets credit for being proactive when Trump was still declaring it would magically go away. Let’s hope the whole country ends up with a mail in voting week for the general, like we should have done after the 2000 debacle.


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