Posted: March 4, 2008 8:32 PM
In Ohio, Democratic Primary Hampered by Polling Place Problems
There have been numerous problems at polling places in Ohio, according to news outlets in the state. It might take a while before definitive results can be known.
“Ohio is likely to be slow because Cleveland, for one, has paper ballots and they have to be counted by hand,” The New York Times reported. And at least one county, Sandusky, will keep polling places open until 9 p.m., 90 minutes after other polling places closed, because of a shortage of Democratic ballots and bad weather. Some polling places ran out of ballots by 2:45 p.m., and voters were told to leave and come back.
Several polling places have run out ballots in counties that normally vote Republican, according the Cincinnati Enquirer. The campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has requested a two-hour extension for Cuyahoga and Franklin counties. A judge would have to issue that order to the state Board of Elections.
According to exit polling in Ohio conducted for the Associated Press, six in 10 voters said the economy is the most important issue facing the country, which is more in any of the other 25 Democratic primaries with exit polls this year. Eight in 10 Democratic voters said international trade takes more jobs from the state than it creates, and 40 percent were very worried they were about their family’s financial situation over the next year.
“Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., was winning robust support … among white, blue collar and older voters. Early results from exit polls of the state’s Democratic voters showed that Barack Obama was not doing as well as he had in recent contests in eroding her support from those groups,” according to the AP. Clinton “was getting the votes of two in three white women, a group that has generally supported her heavily but with whom she had slipped to thin margins recently in Virginia and Wisconsin. She also had the backing of almost six in 10 white men, a group in which Obama had forged solid advantages in recent voting.”