As Ohio Goes?
My friend Kevin Mattson is worried about how voting will go in Ohio on Tuesday.
Mattson, a history professor at Ohio University in Athens, and John Gilliom, chair of the political science department there, say past troubles in the state — and an energized Democratic electorate — could make the primary messy.
With a deluge of voters – many of them new – we fear an election in which voters can’t vote due to new and unclear requirements on identification and voting procedures. We fear an election where insufficient staffing and equipment mean long delays and effective disenfranchisement. Things will probably go smoothly in high-income suburbs and thinly populated rural areas. But will the same thing happen in the urban and campus areas energized by the importance and potential of this year’s Democratic primary? We hope so, but our state’s precedents don’t make us optimistic.
Gov. Ted Strickland’s big role in the Clinton campaign makes them even more concerned. Could he really be an impartial arbiter, after all that time on the stump?
Here’s hoping they’re pleasantly surprised.