This is amazing. Here is a picture of the line to vote yesterday in my home county of Butler County, Ohio.
That line was over two hours long and it has prompted officials to open early voting today (Sunday). To give you an idea of Butler County, it’s population is around 350,000. There aren’t any major cities in the county (we are between Cincinnati and Dayton). It’s actually a mix of smaller cities, of which there are only three, and farm land. We do have one smaller town, Oxford, which is the home of Miami University – now home to John Boehner’s infamous “chicken shit” reference to Obama this past week.
Speaking of Miami U, that is a place that has shocked me. The student body is typically pretty conservative, but the amount of volunteers you see at Obama headquarters is astounding. There wasn’t any excitement for Kerry in 2004, though there was a lot for Dean. When Dean spoke there in 2005 he drew a crowd of about 5,000. Compare that to when Karl Rove spoke there a few weeks ago and was in a building with a seating capacity of only 700 and they didn’t sell out.
I did early voting exactly one month ago. When I went there were about 300 people there, and the lines were not outside of the building. This turnout is mind boggling if you know this area.