Voters camp out to cast early ballots

Published: Oct. 12, 2016 at 1:37 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2016 at 1:37 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Voters camped all night outside the Hamilton County Board of Elections building in hopes to be some of the first to take advantage of Wednesday's early voting.

Dozens of people were ready to vote when the building opened its doors at 8 a.m.

"I've been politically engaged for years for years. I've been voting since I was 17. And again, it's just me setting an example for not only the young people, but for everybody how important voting is," said Tim Sullivan, with the voter reach out group Stand with the African American Greater Good, also known as SWAAGG.

Barbara Osman said she's not doing early voting, but wanted to camp out to support others. She said her mother was born around the time women got the opportunity to vote. She said her mother used to work the polls every year before she passed, and now she does it in her honor.

"I work the polls. I do a lot of door knocking, phone calls, talking to whoever I can talk to remind them how important our voting rights are and not to throw them away," she said.

Though this an opportunity for some to get together and share that voting spirit, it's also a duty for others.

"It is the number one responsibility of the citizen to participate in the electoral process," Sullivan said.

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