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Cuyahoga County begins Ohio Primary early voting with temporary ballots

Daniel Konik
Statehouse News Bureau

Voters who are voting early in Cuyahoga County are doing so on temporary ballots that will have to be remade later because the regular, printed ballots have not yet been received. Cuyahoga County Board of Elections spokesman Mike West says the county is handling early voting this primary the same way it commonly handles military and overseas voting.

“We identify the correct ballot for them, and then we print it off. And they get a PDF ballot, it’s a PDF copy or a copy of a PDF and they make their selections and when they are done, they put it in a security envelope. And we are going to be setting those aside until Friday when the actual printed envelopes come to us,” West says.

At that point, West says a bipartisan staff will oversee the remaking of the ballots. He says the process will be videotaped as well. West explains ballot remaking is pretty routine and often happens when ballots are torn or damaged.

A spokesman for the Ohio Secretary of State's office says Cuyahoga County is the only one that is voting on temporary PDF ballots at this point.
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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.