Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland and is Ohio’s second-largest county, also has an absentee voting contract with Midwest Direct, but has had no trouble getting its ballots printed and sent, according to Mike West, a spokesman for the Electoral Commission there.
But some voters in Cuyahoga County have reported delays in ballot papers similar to those in other counties.
Pam Ogilvy, a high school teacher in Parma, Ohio, said she requested an absentee ballot in mid-September. The Cuyahoga Electoral Commission’s website first said her vote would be cast by October 6, the first day that Ohio votes could be released. A subsequent update said it would be sent before October 1
Ballots in Ohio can be counted if they are postmarked before November 2 the day before election day. They can also be returned in person for a county election before the polls close Nov. 3.
Richard Gebbie refused to be interviewed this week. In a statement released to clients on Thursday, he said the delays occurred because counties underestimated the amount of ballots they needed to be printed.
“It is fair to say today that no one – not the various election committees, not Ohio’s Secretary of State, not our company – expected the staggering amount of voting requests that actually took place,” he said. “The estimates given to us by the counties were not what ended in reality.”
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In Summit County, ballots from Midwest Direct were delayed until Oct. 10, with the remainder of the first batch of 95,000 not sent until Oct. 12, according to Tom Bevan, a Democrat sitting on the election board.
In Lucas County, 60,000 ballots that Midwest Direct promised to send on Oct. 6 were not sent by mail until a week later, county commissioner Pete Gerken said.