It was almost a year ago when Kansas voters rejected a measure that radical right wingers put on the ballot in a state primary that would essentially ban most every abortion in the state. That ballot measure was beaten badly in the red state as a bipartisan swarth of voters united, showed up to the polls, and soundly defeated the proposal. Then, the November became known as Roevember as the election saw Democrats boosting their Senate majority and what was supposed to be a “red wave” in the House turn into a small puddle.

Now, Ohio seems to be following in Kansas’s footsteps and will probably beat back a measure that was inspired by a bill that is aimed to stop any more attempts to keep or expand abortion rights and other culture war issues. It looks like we are gonna have more Roevember this summer.

The people of Ohio are smashing records for early voting to stop a ballot initiative that would change the state’s Constitution.

The constitutional amendment, Issue 1, has apparently struck a chord with Ohio voters. The proposal would raise the threshold to pass any future amendment from a simple majority to 60%. Also, it would require initiative backers meet new signature requirements in all 88 counties rather than the current 44-county standard. On top of that, organizers would only get one shot, as the amendment eliminates the period for making up any shortfall in signatures.

Early voting numbers for the Ohio Aug. 8 special election are blowing away even the most optimistic expectations. Through just a week of early voting more than 116,000 Ohioans have shown up to cast a ballot. Another 38,000 absentee ballots have been handed in also.

As Secretary of State Frank LaRose said in a press release, it represents a “five-fold increase” in comparison to last year’s August election.

To put it all in context, the total of early in-person votes cast in last year’s May primary election — which included a hotly contested GOP U.S. Senate primary — was only about 138,000. The current trajectory of early in-person votes is on track with or even surpassing the 2022 general election. Through nine days of early voting, roughly 136,000 voters cast a ballot for last November’s election. That’s only about 20,000 more than the votes compiled so far in seven days. On average, another 16,000 ballots are cast each day polls are open.

And yes, this movement does seem inspired as a reaction to GOP lawmakers in Ohio and around the nation trying to “put the fix in” to stop any measure that would protect or expand abortion access to women. Many of the proposal’s backers were triggered by an attempt to stop a potential abortion rights amendment in November. Apparently they are trying to thwart another Roevember. That effort may be a futile one.

And just to make it clear, voting is up predominantly in blue counties. And in the red counties where there is an uptick, experts are speculating that it is not a good sign for the ballot measure’s passage. In just about every demographic, whether it is age, gender, party affiliation, or whatever, the measure is not a winner with voters.

It seems that the GOP has severely misjudged what Americans think about abortion. Most Americans aren’t enthusiastic or even keen on the idea of abortions, but that isn’t the point. It is the choice that matters. And for most Americans, even those who find abortion a terrible thing, they still believe that the choice is between a woman and her doctor, and not lawmakers.

Apparently, the Republicans thought that after the Dobbs decision, that Americans would not pay any attention to their moves to outlaw abortions and they seem to be dead wrong about that. They thought Americans would just accept this “new norm” — they were wrong about that as well.

Americans are often criticized for not showing up at the polls, especially in non-presidential years, primaries, and special elections like this one. Maybe it isn’t a lack of interest that keeps them from showing up. Maybe it is a lack of a real choice in many elections. Either the candidates show little or no difference on the issues they care about or districts are so one sided that voting becomes futile.

Ballot measures like the one in Kansas last year and the one in Ohio now show that when an actual and real choice is to be made, Americans show up, and their memory is pretty good. It seems Roevember is rolling on and might keep rolling on for a long time.