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DeWine Among Millions Of Ohioans Waiting In Lines To Vote On Election Day 2020

The DeWines took their place at the back of the line after speaking to reporters.
Karen Kasler
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Statehouse News Bureau
The DeWines took their place at the back of the line after speaking to reporters.

Though a record 3.4 million Ohioans cast ballots early by mail or in person, among those standing in lines to vote on election day was Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, near his home in Cedarville.

DeWine and his wife Fran arrived at the Cedarland Event Center around 10:20, wearing masks and keeping a six-foot distance for DeWine’s first face-to-face press event in months.

“I’m kind of a traditionalist, I guess. I’ve always voted this way," DeWine said. “I think one, one time maybe I was out of town I voted absentee, I can’t remember. But you know, this is where we always vote, see our neighbors out. It’s always a good thing.”

They joined a line of about 50 voters, which took 45 minutes to get through. They greeted and spoke to many people, including their son-in-law and grandson Tadhg, who was born not long after his inauguration as governor in 2019.

DeWine said he voted for "the President", because he said he’s very happy with the nominations to the US Supreme Court and the federal courts, the economy and the development of a coronavirus vaccine, which DeWine said Trump doesn’t get much credit for.  Fran DeWine said she also planned to vote for President Trump.

But DeWine said after the election, the state and nation need to come together to fight the virus as a common enemy.

This public appearance for DeWine is a departure from the last few months.

DeWine's twice-weekly press conferences haven't been in the same room with reporters since April, and he's done appearances and events from his home since August, after he tested positive for coronavirus in a rapid test before he planned to greet President Trump in Cleveland. Two follow-up PCR tests came back negative.
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The DeWines greet their son-in-law and grandson as they wait to vote.
Karen Kasler
The DeWines greet their son-in-law and grandson as they wait to vote.