The 150 participants came from Toledo, Canton, Akron, Columbus, Ashtabula, and even Pittsburgh, as well as Cleveland. They were part of at least 45 "human chain" protests around the country.
Enduring a cold, constant rain, the large crowd roared after each speaker; "Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, health care works!"
True the Vote has been barred from Franklin County, Ohio polling places.
Union activists at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and the state's Service Employees International Union say that African American voters here are the targets of emails warning them not to vote the "straight Democratic" ticket because it supposedly would not include President Obama.
Billboards targeting African-American, Latino and low-income neighborhoods began coming down after the anonymous sponsor said it would not reveal its identity, Clear Channel, the billboards' owner said.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an emergency appeal by Ohio Republicans on their decision to shut down early voting for the three days before the November elections.
Crowds gathered at election boards early Tuesday morning, waiting for the doors to open on the first day of early voting in Ohio in the critical Nov. 6 presidential election.
Polls continued to show this past weekend that Mitt Romney is falling behind in Ohio, with President Obama now doing 50 percent or better.
Ohio GOP Secretary of State Jon Husted came under national scrutiny and ridicule when he let Republican-leaning counties have extended early voting hours while restricting hours in Democratic-leaning counties.
Chanting "O-BA-MA, O-BA-MA," a feisty contingent of the recently formed Latinos for Obama marched in the front of Cleveland's annual Puerto Rican Parade