The Democrats are counting on maximum turnout of their base in Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County to help President Barack Obama win the key state of Ohio. The president won this county overwhelmingly in 2008 against Senator John McCain, Arizona Republican.
Real Clear Politics notes:
As of last year, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that 1.3 million of the state’s 11.5 million residents live in the Cleveland-area county, more than 11 percent of the entire state. (There are 87 other counties.)
Voters don’t register by party in Ohio, but parties count their totals based upon the last primary in which a registered voter participated. And in Cuyahoga, Democrats count 345,000 voters, and Republicans count about 126,000. Overall, as of Oct. 1, some 916,000 Cuyahoga residents were registered to vote.
What’s more, 30 percent of the county is African-American, whereas just 12.4 percent of the state is.
In the 2010 governor’s race, Democrat Ted Strickland lost narrowly to Republican John Kasich. But Strickland outperformed Kasich in Cuyahoga, 251,000-149,000, giving him a cushion of more than 100,000 votes there alone.
Four years ago, Obama more than doubled up on John McCain in Cuyahoga, winning 458,000 votes to the Republican’s nearly 200,000. How telling was this margin? Obama won the entire state by a smaller number of votes (206,830) than he won the county by (258,542).
Here are some important statistics coming from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections meeting on Friday to keep in mind:
There are 1,063 precincts in Cuyahoga with 423 polling locations. 927,996 voters are eligible to vote in this presidential election cycle in the county and an estimated 65,500 of those eligible voters are new registrants as of the March primary election.
75,000 registered voters have changed their address with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections since March. So far, relative to the ballots that have been requested and returned by mail, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections had 278,500 ballot requests. 210,000 ballots have been returned and 35,000 voters have come to the county board of elections and cast their ballots as of Friday.
In terms of returned ballots, the board of elections is slightly ahead of 2008 at this time and at this point, they are slightly under the number of in house voters that they’ve had this election come to this board of elections. In fact, the percentage of returned ballots to the total number of registered voters up until Friday was 22 percent.
So far, relative to the ballots that have been returned, the board of elections have 1,130 challenged ballots, and they were able to verify 635 of those voters. Those are voters who had something missing on the ID or their signature or the ID was blank. As of last Thursday, 680 voters had fixed their challenged ballots.
Golden week is a time when you can register and vote at the same time. The deadline for that was the close of business at 9pm on October 9. They had 2,282 voters who registered or changed their address and voted during golden week.
There will be 5700 poll workers plus 600 high school students in the field on election day in Cuyahoga County. The average age of a county poll worker is 56 and 83 percent of poll workers have worked for them before. 40 percent of the workers have worked for the BOE during the presidential election in 2008.
There is at least one Republican in all polling locations and at least one Republican in the 975 of the 1063 precincts of Cuyahoga County. There are 88 precincts that do not have a Republican assigned. That means, however, that if there is a location with more than one precinct in it, there will be a Republican in at least one precinct in every one of those polling locations.
There will be 45 Justice Department observers in Cuyahoga County on election day as well as election protection observers in the field.
The election protection observers will have three phone lines at the BOE known as coordinators answering the phones. They did this in 2008. Election protection coordinators are third party organizations like the NAACP and Project Vote. They will be outside of the polls. However, they cannot be inside of the polling locations as an appointed observer would do.
In the meantime, as Ohio voters continue to vote through the weekend up until election day, left wing organizations are already charging that voters are being disenfranchised as a result of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted releasing a directive mandating that any provisional ballot form that is not filled out correctly will be tossed. Allies of the Democratic Party are also upset that voters who fill out the provisional ballot form are being asked for the last four digits of their social security number as a requirement of the form.