Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Primary Voting Day in Ohio

I was able to walk right in and vote at my polling station today. Poll workers said that the turnout had so far been slightly higher than average. Since we vote in a station of blue collar precincts, I expect that if this station gets a rush of voters, it will happen between now and the closing of the polls this evening.

Apparently, the place was fairly crowded this morning.

A D.C.-area reporter who interviewed me after I voted said that, earlier in the day he had stopped by the station and only two of the voters of the mass with whom he had spoken had not voted for Trump. He said he had spoken with one person who voted for Clinton and one for Sanders, none for Kasich. He expected to run into different results in Centerville and Beavercreek, where he was going to visit later.

Ohio requires you to declare your partisan affiliation in order to vote for candidates for the nominations of those parties. I have always liked this because, I feel, if you're not more or less committed generally to one party or the other, you shouldn't have a say in who is nominated by a party.

The fact that Ohio does things in this way gives the advantage to Kasich among Republicans, since much of Trump's support is coming from the ranks of independents and what used to be called "Reagan Democrats." It also gives Clinton a slight advantage in Ohio, since independents and first time voters (or would be first-time voters) are important to Sanders.

While it's easy to change partisan affiliation in Ohio, people who have tended to vote in one party's primary in the past--even if they don't vote straight tickets in the general election, will tend to vote in the same party's primary this year.

The polls, of course, show that both Democratic and Republican races are tight.

If it's your day to vote, please do. It may be gut-wrenching this year (as it was for me, requiring lots of prayer), but
  • everyone, remember the patriots who fought and spilled their blood to give you the vote;
  • women, remember the Suffragettes who worked so hard to give you the vote; and
  • African-American friends, remember how Dr. King and others worked hard and gave their lives to bring the vote to all people.
Fellow Christians: I don't know how God wants you to vote. I've never believed that God has a political party.

But because of God's command that we love Him and our neighbor, I believe we owe it to God to cast responsible and informed votes, to pray for our country, and to pray for our leaders.


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