An Ohio voting law that allows residents to register and vote simultaneously one month before the election may benefit Barack Obama, the AP reports. With one-stop voting available on college campuses Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, thousands could be added to the voter rolls—and Obama leads McCain 2-to-1 among 18- to 34-year-olds. Ninety percent of the nearly half a million college students in Ohio are said to be state residents.
State Republicans have threatened to sue if the one-week window, now available mostly in campus-heavy areas, is not made available statewide. In 2004, John Kerry lost by just 118,000 votes, giving the electoral victory to Bush; only 53% of 18- to 24-year olds voted that year.