Common Cause reports some lines, but generally smooth election in Ohio so far

By: - November 3, 2020 2:36 pm

In this file photo Michelle Orengo-McFarlane looks for her name on a voter registration list. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images).

Lots of people are voting and there are lines ranging from 15 minutes to an hour, Catherine Turcer of Common Cause Ohio said during a media update at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Turcer said some of the lines are due to situations such as Franklin County having to move from electronic check-in for voters to paper pollbooks due to an overnight technical problem.

“We’ve been working with board of elections officials to see if there are ways we can help, and if there are places to send their roving teams to help with some of these issues,” she said.

While there have been reports of some folks doing “overly aggressive electioneering” near some polling locations, Turcer said nearly 200 clergy and social workers have been working throughout Ohio as elections peacekeepers to help diffuse any tense situations.

“Things are going very well,” she said. “And in Cuyahoga County it looks like they just hit 60% of registered voters casting ballots, which is very exciting.”

Turcer said that more than 700 phone calls have come into their election protection hotline.

“Clearly there have been some issues that we’re trying to address, but the day has gone smoothly,” she said.

On the call, other Common Cause leaders emphasized that a big task continues to be addressing election misinformation that’s being spread. They said they will continue to monitor and combat it.

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David DeWitt
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OCJ Editor-in-Chief David DeWitt has more than 15 years experience covering Ohio government, politics and policy, including education, health care, crime and courts, poverty, state and local government, business, labor, energy, environment, and social issues. He has worked for the National Journal, The New York Observer, The Athens NEWS, and He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and is a board member of the E.W. Scripps Society of Alumni and Friends. He can be found on Twitter @DC_DeWitt.