Anal­y­sis: Few will go far to vote early

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Bill Bush

Al­most half of the more than 54,000 Franklin County res­i­dents who voted in per­son be­fore Elec­tion Day at the early vot­ing cen­ter in North­land live within 5 miles of the fa­cil­ity; those who live far­ther in the rest of the 532-square-mile county used it spar­ingly.

But Franklin County, Ohio’s largest in pop­u­la­tion with more than 1.26 mil­lion res­i­dents, is pro­hib­ited from open­ing a sec­ond or third early-vot­ing cen­ter un­der a con­tro­ver­sial state law passed by the GOP­con­trolled leg­is­la­ture in 2011 that re­stricted early vot­ing and made other changes.

“State law says that ev­ery county is only per­mit­ted to have one early-vote site,” said Cather­ine Turcer, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for Com­mon Cause Ohio, a gov­ern­ment watch­dog group. “If the goal is to have early vot­ing be

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