This Should Be Your Next Cover Photo: Vote Early

No matter who you’re voting for, voting early ensures that you won’t forget on Election Day or get held up by long lines. Just visit the Board of Elections office in Mount Vernon and get it out of the way now! The Kenyon Dems have all the details on voting hours and shuttle service to the office, regardless of your party affiliation. If you’re not registered yet, visit the Board of Elections by Tuesday (the deadline) in order to register on site.

A great way to remind yourself and your friends to vote early is with this custom-designed cover photo from the Obama campaign. That little arrow will point right at your profile picture!

Proof of Residence Required to Early Vote

You must have proof of residence to early vote (or vote at all). Prove your residence by printing out the letter that was emailed to you by accounting@kenyon.edu. In order to early vote, you must also have the last 4 digits of your social security number (though really, you should have the whole thing memorized by now).

The Kenyon Democrats and Kenyon Republicans, along with Erin Ciarimboli of Community Service Programs, are co-sponsoring a shuttle to the Knox County Board of Elections in Mount Vernon (where early voting is held) today. Shuttles will leave from Peirce from 10:00 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. and from 3:00 — 5:50 p.m.

If you can’t make it today, the Kenyon Dems guarantee anyone a ride to the Board of Elections through Nov. 2, when early voting ends. Email them for details!

If you have yet to register to vote, you can go to the Board of Elections through Oct. 9 to register and vote simultaneously.

Phew.

Find Your Address So You Can Vote in Ohio

The Republican National Convention is over which means everyone actually needs to  finally register (or re-register) to vote. There are mail-in Ohio voter registration forms right next to the Drop/Add forms outside the Registrar (Edwards House). Kenyon makes it so easy!

Remember, you must re-register every year, even if you live in the same building as last year. Here is a list of all the college building street addresses. Again: easy!

Let’s make sure Kenyon has as big of a voting turnout this November as it did in November of 2004. But also let’s hope for more poling places.

Can’t Wait to Vote for Mitt in the Ohio Primary? Why Not Vote Now?

That glint in his eye is him anticipating a delicious Ohio victory, and maybe a bowl of Cincinnati Chili.

The friendly folks over at 10TV—Central Ohio’s news leader!—remind us that, while Ohio’s Republican primary election doesn’t officially occur until March 6, early voting has already started. Voters can cast their ballots between now and March 2, either by absentee mail-in ballot or at county election boards. Unfortunately, Ohio does not have open primaries, limiting mischievous Democrats’ ability to wreak electoral havoc by voting for Rick Santorum or writing in Herman Cain or what not. On the off chance that you are a real live Kenyon Republican, however, keep in mind that March 6 is during Spring Break, so you definitely want to take advantage of early voting. (Of course, this only applies if you vote in Ohio but are originally from out of state.)

Complete Election Results

Throughout the day, The Thrill will provide updates on yesterday’s elections, including local and statewide issues. The results so far:

Statewide measures:

  • Senate Bill 5, a highly controversial measure to limit collective bargaining rights, has been defeated. This is national news, as the referendum on the bill is seen as a bellwether for Democratic prospects in next year’s elections.
  • Issue 3, another measure related to a national Democratic initiative, was also on the ballot yesterday. An Ohio constitutional amendment to preserve the freedom of Ohioans to choose their own healthcare, proposed in opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, has passed. The Columbus Dispatch interprets this as Ohioans “voicing their displeasure with the federal health-care law,” but the Dispatch also notes that the amendment is merely symbolic because federal law supersedes state law.
  • Another Ohio amendment which dealt with age limits for elected judges, among other unexciting judicial things, has failed. A great blow for octogenarian justices’ rights.
Local measure results and more after the jump.