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Eager Ohioans Show Up For Early Voting

Voters drive up to the Franklin County Board of Elections for curbside voting on Oct. 6, 2020
Nick Evans
Voters drive up to the Franklin County Board of Elections for curbside voting on Oct. 6, 2020

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss what voter enthusiasm and recent polling may mean for the 2020 election. 

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In this week's episode:
Lined Up To Vote

Hundreds of voterswere lined up before dawn Tuesday, ready to cast ballots at the Board of Elections in Columbus. Early voting centers around the state saw similar scenes, as tens of thousands of voters flocked to cast their ballots the first moment they could.

As for mail-in ballots, the state has already received 2.1 million applications, double the number of applications the state received four years ago. An overwhelming majority of the early votes and the absentee vote applications are from Democrats. Polls show 67% of Democrats plan to vote by mail, while 61% of Republicans plan to vote in person.

All this means that voters are engaged. The early voting trends seem to show Democrats are engaged, but we won’t know until Election Day how enthusiastic Republican voters are.

Meanwhile, new polling shows Ohio is still a very tight race, but there are signs of trouble for President Trump.

Snollygoster Of The Week: The Fly

Thursday night's vice presidential debate gets credit for being less chaotic than the previous televised debate between Trump and Joe Biden. But both Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence may have been upstaged by the small black fly that landed on Pence's head for two minutes on live TV.

Send questions and comments to snollygoster@wosu.org.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
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