Early voting starts in Ohio on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Yahoo asked residents of the Buckeye State if they voted yet, how they feel about marking ballots more than a month before Election Day and how they're leaning. Here's one perspective.
COMMENTARY | I submitted my application for an absentee ballot a couple days ago, already knowing which presidential candidate I will be voting for when my ballot arrives. There's no reason to wait for the debates -- since my candidate will most likely not be allowed to participate.
I am a student at the University of Cincinnati in my early 20s, and as it is probably pretty clear, I will be voting for neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama this year. As a conscientious voter, how could I? Instead, my vote will be for the Libertarian Party candidate, Gary Johnson.
It has become clear to me that both Romney and Obama are much more focused on pushing their own agendas and dropping each other's party down a notch rather than addressing the real issues affecting real Americans right now. Johnson promises a smaller, more focused federal government and one that honors states' rights to decide many issues for themselves rather than push the state and local governments around using legal loopholes and strong-arm tactics.
I like Ohio's early voting system because it allows those who are well-versed on the candidates' positions to cast their votes on their own time, while giving plenty of time for research to those who haven't yet had the time. While it could be argued that this system allows people to vote before even having viewed the debates, for some of us, the debates just don't matter.
It has been a typical election year, but despite being a resident in a swing state, I don't see this election as all that important. Romney and Obama are nearly identical candidates with some slight variations, and the candidates that really stand for change (Johnson, Ron Paul) are shunted to the side, like they are every year.
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