Four years ago, the long lines at polling places throughout Ohio caused many voters to simply give up and go home — before they had cast their ballots. As a result of this and other problems that plagued the 2004 general election, the state became the national poster child for tainted elections.
Even today, on the eve of what is expected to be a record-setting vote in a presidential election, Ohio is being watched closely to see if there are impediments to voting. But given that the state now has early voting, we would urge those who can make it to their boards of elections today to do so. Tomorrow you’ll have to stand in line, unless you have voted absentee.
However, if you are someone who believes in the sanctity of election day, then we would say have patience, stay calm and make sure you have the proper identification to present to poll workers.
While the presidential election has attracted most of the attention, there are local races and issues that deserve consideration. The Vindicator over the past several weeks conducted editorial board interviews with candidates in select contests and made endorsements.
A review of our choices follows:
President — Barack Obama.
Congress — Tim Ryan, D-17th; Charlie Wilson, D-6th; Steven LaTourette, R-14th.
Supreme Court — Evelyn Stratton and Maureen O’Connor.
Attorney general — Richard Cordray.
State Representative — Robert Hagan; Ronald Gerberry; Michael Okey.
Probate judge — Mark Belinky.
Common Pleas judge — Maureen Sweeney.
Commissioner — Anthony Traficanti; John McNally.
Prosecutor — Paul Gains.
Recorder: Noralynn Palermo.
State representative: Sandra Stabile Harwood.
Senator: Jason Wilson.
Representative: Linda Bolon.
Commissioner: Jim Hoppel; Penny Traina.
Sheriff: Raymond Stone.
The Vindicator also urges passage of all the school levies on the ballot — in the hope that such dedication to public education will prompt the governor and the general assembly finally to address the school funding issue.
In addition, we strongly support the passage of the countywide sales tax for the Western Reserve Transit Authority, and also back statewide issues 1, 2 and 5. We opposed issues 3 and 6. There is no issue 4 on the ballot.