President Obama forewent a traditional election day photo op, and instead opted to vote early in his adopted home city of Chicago. On his campaign website, he explained just why he was going to vote ahead of time: Iím breaking with tradition. Instead of voting on Election Day, which has been the standard for presidential candidates, Iím making a plan to vote early, on October 25. And if you live in a state where you can, Iíd like you to join me. Voting early is pretty easy. It only takes a couple of minutes. It means that if Election Day happens to be a busy day for you, you donít need to worry about when and how youíll cast your ballot.
In fact, much of the Obama website is devoted to early voting. Thatís because theyíre trying to generate headlines about Obama enthusiasm. Jeremy Bird, Obamaís National Field Director, admits as much: Early vote has always been a top priority for our grassroots organization in Ohio, and itís now paying off in major ways. Before the first day of early vote, hundreds of students camped out at The Ohio State University in Columbus, in Cincinnati, Dayton and elsewhere, braving bad weather to be the first at the polls at 5:00 a.m. On that first day, more Ohioans voted in the largest countiesóall counties the President won in 2008óthan did on the first day of early vote four years ago. - Ben Shapiro