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Ballot Issues Lead to Prolonged Discussions at Summit County Board of Elections

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Sean Gaffney (L) and Kevin Moreland watch as absentee ballots are processed through a ballot scanner in the late evening of election night at the Summit County Board of Elections building, Akron, Ohio.

Summit County Board of Elections members were deadlocked for a time over how to handle some disputed ballots last night.

The four-member board split 2 to 2 on some ballots.

Board chairman Bill Rich says there were hundreds of ballots that the board had to look over for a range of issues—from how bubbles were filled in--to how envelopes were completed on absentee ballots.

"We had to decide whether to authorize the remake of the ballot or to just scan them as-is and let the scanner count whatever it can count and not count what it's not able to count, so those were the kinds of decisions we were making," Rich said.

He says matters were resolved eventually.

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“It’s not unusual. To some extent it happens every election. What was a little different the discussion was more prolonged than usual.”

Voters whose ballots had problems have ten days to correct them.

Rich says overall election day went well with fewer problems than they’ve seen in previous presidential elections.

Carter is an award winning multimedia journalist specializing in audio reporting and photojournalism. His work has appeared in NPR, The Washington Post and The Portager, where he works as a photo editor and reporter. His reporting centers around working class issues and the LGBTQIA+ community with a focus on voter disenfranchisement.
A Northeast Ohio native, Sarah Taylor graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she worked at her first NPR station, WMUB. She began her professional career at WCKY-AM in Cincinnati and spent two decades in television news, the bulk of them at WKBN in Youngstown (as Sarah Eisler). For the past three years, Sarah has taught a variety of courses in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State, where she is also pursuing a Master’s degree. Sarah and her husband Scott, have two children. They live in Tallmadge.