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Early election coverage
September 17, 2007 - Rob Weaver
A disc jockey for a regional radio staton often reminded listeners on election day to “vote early and vote often.”
Perhaps in the northern part of Illinois, it is possible to vote posthumously, if not often. But here in Ohio, we can vote early.
It now is possible to cast an absentee ballot beginning 35 days before an election. Anyone can do so, no questions asked.
This is having an impact on how The Advertiser-Tribune news staffers cover candidates and issues. For exmaple, in the past, we typically began a series of articles pertaining to the general election in late October, wrapping the coverage up before the November vote.
But balloting can begin much earlier now -- in the first week of October during this election cycle. Therefore, we are beginning our coverage of tax issues and office races much earlier, wrapping up preview articles weeks before Election Day Nov. 6.
Some readers may find this awkward. That is why we will archive stories related to local issues and candidates on this Web site through Nov. 6.
Let me know your opinion on changing the schedule. And just let me add, please vote ... regularly.
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