Will Weather Affect Ohio Democratic Primary Voting?

March 4, 2008

Freezing Rain

Will Mother Nature cooperate for today’s hotly contested Democratic primary races in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont? Ohio, a “must-win” for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton , has a flash-flood watch in much of Northern Ohio, while the northwestern section of the state, in the Toledo area, is under a winter storm warning. Rain, sleet and snow are expected there beginning on Tuesday afternoon and, as of this writing, freezing rain has begun to fall in Cleveland (Cuyahoga County). Heavy voter turnout is expected. Will inclement weather make it more likely that lower-income voters who rely on public transportation won’t be able to make it to voting booths? It’s believed that Clinton has a lead in Ohio but Cleveland, with a population (as of the 2000 Census) that’s 50.99 percent black, should deliver votes for Obama.

Freezing rain, sleet and now are expected to develop in Northern Vermont this afternoon, with that area under a winter storm warning. Weather shouldn’t affect voting in Rhode Island; while heavy rain is forecast, it isn’t expected to start until after polls have closed.

CNN meteorologist Reynolds Wolf doesn’t think the inclement weather will dampen voter enthusiasm. He commented: “If you happen to be a diehard politico, if you’ve really got a candidate that you’re going to support, nothing is going to stop you from getting to the polls.” Well…almost nothing, thought Pajamadeen. Maybe Reynolds Wolf hasn’t tried driving in freezing rain. A pair of ice skates would be more suitable. What Pajamadeen would like to know is: Why don’t we just call a spade a spade and stop with the “freezing rain” and call it what it is — ice!

Would bad weather change your voting plans?

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