It appears that more Summit County voters will cast ballots before election day than the number of early voters in 2008.
Summit County Board of Elections Director Joe Masich says
"That's 18% of the electorate at this point," said Masich. "In 2008, we voted 26% absentee and I believe we'll be over that number by the end of the election."
Here's the breakdown of early voting in Summit County so far:
55,227 ballots mailed to voters
7,839 walk in voters at board of elections offices
1,077 ballots completed at nursing homes
709 ballots sent to military or other voters overseas
Masich says there have been only minor problems so far, most of them stemming from ballots requested through the mail. People forget to sign the application, include necessary personal information or otherwise follow instructions.
"The nice thing about voting here is that if there is some missing information, obviously, we're right here at the board and we can acquire that for them," said Masich.
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