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No Extra Time To Count Absentee Ballots

by WKSU's RENITA JABLONSKI


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The state says counties can't start tallying absentee ballots before Election Day, despite worry that some local election boards could be overwhelmed by record numbers. Some boards have pressed for permission to scan absentee ballots early while holding off counting the actual votes. But Secretary of State spokesman James Lee says Ohio law doesn't allow ballots to be counted early or even scanned ahead of time. A new state law that took effect this year allows anyone to vote early by absentee ballot and many counties are expecting to set absentee records this year. Cuyahoga County is expecting about 100,000 absentee votes this year. There were fewer than 48,000 cast two years ago. Summit County Board of Elections Director Bryan Williams says prepping the ballots to be counted will take the most time. He explained the process to WKSU's Renita Jablonski:
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