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Weekend Early Voting Brings Thousand Of Voters To Polls


Thousands of people waited for hours in long lines during the last weekend of early voting in Ohio.

At some sites Sunday, lines snaked for several city blocks and it took hours to cast a ballot. In Cleveland, more than 2,500 people braved the cold in a line that stretched two blocks on Sunday afternoon. In Cincinnati, several thousand voters waited for as long as four hours in sometimes-rainy chilly weather. In Akron, voters waited an average of two hours to vote Sunday. In Columbus, 15,000 people waited in lines for as long as two hours from Friday through Sunday to cast early ballots.


At one point on Sunday, there were at least 1,000 people in line outside and inside the building. Some were dressed up as Sesame Street characters, mimes, and even a Lincoln impersonator. Activists were selling candidate merchandise, folks with pro-choice and pro-life signs right next to each other. Even Matthew Lesko, the man who wrote a books about "free government money", made an appearance in his famous suit adorned with question marks.


Sunday turnout was also driven by many churches organizing "Souls to the Polls" efforts where they take congregation members directly from the church to the early voting center. Click here to hear from members of The Church at North Pointe on Columbus' North side, and what conservative evangelicals were doing to get their congregations to the polls yesterday. About 1.6 million people have voted early in Ohio.