Briefs from the election scene.

Popular NPR show to tape in Columbus

Presidential candidates aren't the only ones aware of Ohio's importance in the coming election. Also taking notice is National Public Radio, which will broadcast an episode of its popular show Talk of the Nation on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at WOSU's studio at COSI.

"We're pleased to offer the community an opportunity to be part of a studio audience - especially when it's part of a national broadcast," WOSU station manager Tim Eby said.

The syndicated show covers politics, pop culture and current events. During the election-themed segment in Columbus, host Neal Conan will discuss Ohio's battleground status and solicit live comments and questions from the audience.

The show runs from 2-4 p.m., and a Q&A session with Conan and WOSU's Fred Andrle will follow. Event admission is free, though reservations are encouraged.

Web: wosu.org/totn

Absentee-ballot applications mailed to Franklin County voters

Franklin County is expecting record turnout on Nov. 4 - yes, lines could be even longer than in 2004 - which will make absentee voting crucial.

On Sept. 5, the local board of elections mailed absentee-ballot applications to 650,000 registered voters, along with info about where to vote in person on Election Day.

To request an absentee ballot, voters must fill out and send in the application, after which the actual ballot will be mailed. Applications must be received by Nov. 1, and ballots by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Postage on both forms is pre-paid.

"Voting absentee by mail guarantees that you won't stand in line to vote," said Matt Damschroder, the board's deputy director, in a statement. "We urge everyone interested to apply for an absentee ballot as soon as possible to avoid a last-minute rush."

Because of high demand, the county will host all in-person absentee voting at Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St. It's available daily from Sept. 30 through Nov. 3.

Web: vote.franklincountyohio.gov

Names of Greens to appear on November ballot

Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney and running mate Rosa Clemente will have their names on the Nov. 4 ballot after winning a case against Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in federal district court.

Following the lead of Libertarian Bob Barr and Socialist Brian Moore, who filed similar cases earlier this year, the two argued that Brunner's directive as to what third parties must do to gain ballot access was unconstitutional.

Poll Position

With both conventions now over, Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin have a slight advantage over Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Obama/Biden McCain/Palin Undecided

After Democratic convention 47 43 10

After Republican convention 46 50 5

Source: USA Today/Gallup poll

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