John King, USA

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September 28th, 2010
05:16 PM ET

Midterms underway in Ohio

(CNN) – Statewide absentee or early voting in the midterm elections kicked off Tuesday in the perennial swing state of Ohio.

Ohio joined Nebraska this week in allowing early voting, which is also underway in Georgia, South Dakota, Iowa, Vermont and Wyoming.

Roughly another two-dozen other states will allow early voting in October.

In Ohio's first year of early voting in 2006, 17 percent of voters took advantage of being able to vote 35 days before the election, according to the secretary of state's office. That number jumped to 30 percent in the 2008 election. Of the nearly 5.8 million votes cast two years ago, over 1.7 million were early votes.

CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Jim Carroll

    JOHN, WHY NOT TALK ABOUT SOMETHING:
    NATIONAL DEBT IS NOT YOURS OR YOUR CHILDREN OR YOUR GRANDCHILDREN

    THE BIGGEST LIE EVER PERPETRATED ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY THE CONSERVATIVES, CONGRESS, AND THE NEWS MEDIA IS TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THE NATIONAL DEBT IS THEIR DEBT, THEIR CHILDREN’S DEBT AND THEIR GRANDCHILDREN’S DEBT. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE. THE GOVERNMENT’S DEBT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S DEBT AND NOT THE PEOPLE’S DEBT, AND THE GOVERNMENT IS IN A POSITION TO EASILY MANAGE THEIR DEBT. READ ARTICLE AT THE INTERNET FREE PRESS. AMERICA IS A REPUBLIC. THE FEDERAL
    GOVERNMENT IS A CREATION OF CONGRESS. IT IS ALWAYS EVOLVING. IT DOESN'T BELONG TO ANYONE. IT CAN NOT BE TAKEN BACK. IT TRIES TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR ALL PLAYERS. IT IS GOOD, NOT BAD. IT IS WORTH A QUADRILLION DOLLARS. THE NATIONAL DEBT IS BACK POCKET CHANGE. READ
    THE REST OF THE STORY AT INTERNET FREE PRESS.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  2. Jane - WI

    Who is paying for the campaign rally in Madison? Are we the taxpayers footing the bill for Air Force One and for this rally to elect Democrats? Who is paying for the rock band which is being used to draw in a crowd for this event?
    Does this President ever work? It seems he has been partisan and in campaign mode since the day he was sworn in.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  3. Carol Simonis

    Hello, I've been switching channels more often because I just can't believe how cnn is all about republicans winning. I can't believe anybody would vote republican. They've shown themselves to be just another hate group. I just can't watch it !!!!!!!!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  4. Jane - WI

    The President appears to have his facts wrong in his speech in Madison. He claims that Repubicans were in control until 2009. As I recall, Democrats ran Congress since janaury of 2007. They spent the money and made the laws. mr. Obama was a member of that Congress.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  5. Randell

    I am tied of pundits going on television, rattling off their memorized notes, and completely ignoring the live speech they just watched. In addition to seeing the death of the republican party in my life time, I'd like to see this kind of unhelpful rhetoric from pundits die off as well.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  6. Jim Carroll

    WE NEED TO FUND THE FIRST LADY'S SCHOOL PROGRAM WITH NEW MONEY, NOT WITH TAX MONEY OR BORROWED MONEY!

    BIG CORPORATIONS MAKE BIG MISTAKE BY HOARDING THE MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE AND NOT LETTING IT
    PUT PEOPLE TO WORK. THE REPUBLICAN SUPREME COURT MADE CORPORATIONS INTO PEOPLE, BUT THEY
    THINK THEY HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY TO PEOPLE. THE ECONOMY IS CONSUMER DRIVEN. PEOPLE SPEND, AND
    THE CORPORATIONS GET THE MONEY BACK. THEY ARE HOARDING THE STIMULUS MONEY. THEY STOPPED THE
    BUCK FROM DOING ITS JOB.

    IF THE LACK OF QUALITY THAT REPUBLICANS ARE OFFERING THE PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR ISN'T ENOUGH TO
    GET EVERY DEMOCRAT TO THE POLLS ON NOVEMBER 2, WHAT WOULD? PERHAPS, A DIRECT CALL FROM GOD!

    NEWS MEDIA TAKEN OVER BY TEA PARTY AND RIGHT WING REPUBLICANS
    THE ECONOMIC ASSETS OF AMERICA ARE MORE THAN JUST ONE YEAR OF GDP. 14.6 TRILLION X 14.6 TRILLION =213 TRILLION

    WHY ARE THE NEWS MEDIA, REPUBLICANS AND THE TEA PARTY SO STUPID? THEY BELIEVE THAT THE ECONOMIC ASSETS 0F
    AMERICA GO BACK TO ZERO AT THE END OF EACH YEAR? THE ECONOMIC ASSETS OF THE USA ECONOMY CONSIST OF MORE
    THAN ONE YEAR OF GDP. 14.6 TRILLION TIMES 14.6 TRILLION EQUALS 213 TRILLION DOLLARS. All the tires on 18 wheelers do not run off the interstate at mid-night
    and wheel-barrows still work on January 1 of the new year. Several bottles of beer have been flushed through kidneys that don't count any more, but cars and washing machines are still part of the total economic assets of the American economy. How can
    any one group of people be so dumb, and still think they are so smart? READ THE REST OF THE STORY AT INTERNET FREE PRESS.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm |