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Cuyahoga Sees Record Mail-Ins Requested

Cuyahoga County's upcoming May 5th municipal elections will establish not only a record number of votes by mail - but more than an 11-fold increase from the last primary... and that revelation comes with three weeks remaining for more voters to apply to use the system.

Board of Elections Director Jane Platten said only 38-hundred people mailed in ballots for the 2007 primary, but 40,000 ballots have already been requested for this May. She sees that as a very positive development.

JANE PLATTEN: "Hopefully we're going to encourage people to participate and have record numbers all the way through to November."

Platten says the vote by mail trend means more people are likely to end up voting that otherwise would.

PLATTEN: "We're allowing greater participation and greater access to a ballot on the part of a lot of people who are really busy and probably wouldn't even go into the polling local on a small municipal election day."

Rick Jackson, 90.3.

Rick Jackson is a senior host and producer at Ideastream Public Media. He hosts the "Sound of Ideas" on WKSU and "NewsDepth" on WVIZ.