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Ohio Counties Prepare for Mail-In Ballot Mistakes

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Elections officials in major Ohio counties say a surge in people voting by mail since 2006 has been accompanied by a rise in ballot errors that cost time and money.

Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm

More than 6,000 voters in Cuyahoga County made mistakes with mail-in ballots for the May primary. Some left off necessary signatures or information, while nearly 100 even forgot to include their ballot in the envelope. In Lorain County where there are far fewer absentee voters, around 100 made mistakes.

Ohio Secretary of State spokesman Kevin Kidder says that while voters should take care to prevent these errors in the first place, mistakes can be fixed.

KIDDER: “If there is an error by the voter, the board will contact so that the voter has a chance to come down to their office, correct the error in person and we can make sure that vote’s counted.”

County elections officials in Columbus say simpler rules would cut down on slip-ups. Any changes would be up to the Ohio Legislature.

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