November 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - It wouldn't be a close election without a fight over voting in Florida. Saturday was scheduled to be the final day of early voting in the nation's biggest swing state, where most polls have shown the race extraordinarily close. In many places, particularly in south Florida, where Democrats typically get their largest majorities, lines at polling places stretched for hours, with voters in some places waiting past midnight. Worried that significant numbers of their voters might have been deterred by the wait, the Florida Democratic Party went to court in the wee hours of Sunday morning seeking an emergency order for polling places to remain open today.
November 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The election is still two days away, but in the always-strange state of Florida, early voting is already leading to confusion and chaos. In Miami-Dade County, elections officials reopened a voting office on Sunday only to shut the operation down in the early afternoon because too many people were waiting in line. After angry voters started chanting “Let us vote,” the election workers decided to reopen, calling in extra staff and another printer for the absentee ballots.
November 3, 2012 |
With more than 27 million Americans having already voted, the Obama and Romney campaigns have found a new topic for disagreement: what do the numbers say about who is winning? In a conference call with reporters Saturday, top officials of President Obama's campaign insisted that they were building a lead in key states that Romney would have difficulty overcoming. “Our opponent is losing among early voters in nearly every public poll in every battleground state,” Jeremy Bird, the campaign's field director, told reporters in a late-afternoon conference call.
November 2, 2012 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Voting may once have been serious, private and limited only to wealthy landowners, but, these days, it's a multiday circus complete with food trucks, traffic jams and a parking lot where Abraham Lincoln is frenemies with an anti-abortion activist. That, at least, is the scene in Columbus, where early voting has been open since Oct. 2, and the booths were so mobbed Friday that people had to park in the grocery store lot next door. Voters streamed in and out of the building, getting in their cars in the frigid October afternoon, then finding themselves unable to move because of the traffic.
October 28, 2012 |
If there's a ground zero in this presidential campaign, it might just be the parking lot of a downscale shopping center in North Columbus, Ohio, halfway between Papa John's Pizza and Payless Shoes. Here, in the empty shell of a former Kohl's department store, Franklin County has set up an early polling station where voters can cast ballots without waiting for election day. A hundred feet from the door, in the parking lot, is a line of trucks festooned with banners - the mobile headquarters of each campaign, ready to press sample ballots on passing voters.
October 27, 2012 |
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - As early voting kicked off in Florida, Mitt Romney urged his supporters to head to the polls Saturday. “Today you can go vote. And it helps for you to vote now because the earlier you vote, the more help you can give us getting other people to the polls because we're going to have to turn out our people,” Romney told supporters gathered in a plane hangar here. “We need to get people who care about America to go to the polls and vote. This election counts. We're going to make this election count for America.” Romney noted that he was changing his campaign schedule and not heading to Virginia on Sunday because of Hurricane Sandy, which is barreling toward the East Coast, after consulting with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.