It was just a few days before election day in 2010 when Barack Obama packed the Webster Bank Arena in support of Congressman Jim Himes. The visit set off one of those OIB moments, a ballot shortage that turned election day into chaos. Obama, as he notes today in an eblast, will cast his ballot in Illinois highlighting the push for early turnout in what is shaping up nationally as a razor-close election.
The only way folks can vote early in Connecticut is by an excuse-me absentee ballot. You’re supposed to have an excuse to vote by absentee. If you have an excuse, or want to make up an excuse, you can go directly to your local town clerk’s office, and vote on the spot. Maybe Connecticut legislative leaders can move beyond state constitutional language that prohibits early voting and allow voters to decide the issue. Meanwhile, about 1000 city electors have cast an absentee ballot, according to Bridgeport Town Clerk Alma Maya, and so will a whole bunch more, as operatives amp up the push to lock in votes for the charter question that will decide an elected or mayoral-appointed school board.
Barack makes his pitch for early voting below. Could Mitt Romney win the national popular vote and Obama the electoral count? It happened in Bush-Gore 2000. Gore won the popular and Bushy squeaked the electoral count.
For me, today is Election Day.
I’m going home to Chicago and casting my ballot early, and I’ll be bringing a neighbor with me to my polling place (that’s something everybody should do).
That’ll be two more votes for moving this country forward.
I know I can count on your vote. Now, it’s on all of us to make sure our friends and family step up–reach out to folks you know in important early vote states:
Look, this race is extremely tight. It’s going to come down to which side can more effectively turn out the vote in these final days, and you’re a huge part of that.