COLUMBUS, Ohio – John Ward, 62, had come down from northern Ohio to support his partner as she voted at his polling station in suburban Columbus, where on Saturday afternoon they spent about 20 minutes queuing at a Franklin County mall.
Mr. Ward and Catherine Workman, 58, don’t always agree on politics; A lifelong Republican who voted for Donald Trump in 2016, he’s generally more conservative than he is. But this year, the couple are backing the same person for the presidency: Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic candidate.
“I haven’t become less conservative,” Mr. Ward said. But Mr. Trump, he said, “destroyed the presidency. It is an office that most people respected until now.
Ohio State Administrator Ms. Workman said she believed Mr. Biden was “a good and decent man” who represented his values. She said that in her suburb, she knew few people supporting Mr. Trump this year. His mother, who is 80, and his three neighbors all support Mr. Biden.
Mr Ward’s vote will be the first for a Democratic presidential candidate. He said he was drawn to Mr. Trump’s willingness to challenge the “status quo” and that the president’s tenure had not been “all bad,” citing his handling of the economy. But Mr. Ward was troubled by the involvement of Mr. Trump’s family in the White House and how Mr. Trump’s properties had appeared to profit from his presidency.
Dressed in a jacket with a patch signaling his support for law enforcement, Mr. Ward also said Mr. Trump’s attempts to paint Mr. Biden as anti-police did not resonate with him. “Biden said he was not going to cancel the police funding. I heard him say it, and I’m going to trust him.
“I consider him a mid-range conservative Democrat,” he continued. “Kamala Harris is not, and that bothers me. But I guess we’ll just have to see.