Cuiahoga County, which includes Cleveland and Ohio’s second-largest county, also has a part-time voting contract with Midwest Direct, but has had no problems printing and sending ballots, according to Mike West, a spokesman for the Electoral Commission there.
But some voters in Cuiahoga County reported a delay in voting, similar to those in other counties.
Pam Ogilvy, a high school social studies teacher in Parma, Ohio, said she requested an absentee vote in mid-September. Election Commission website Cuyahoga first said her ballots would be sent by Oct. 6, the first day that ballots could be released in Ohio. A subsequent update said it would be sent by Oct. 1
Ballots in Ohio may be counted if they are zipped by November 2, the day before election day. They can also be returned in person to the district election council before the polls close on November 3rd.
Richard Gabby declined to be interviewed this week. In a statement circulated to customers on Thursday, he said the delays occurred because counties had underestimated the amount of ballots they needed printed.
“It’s fair to say today that no one – neither the various elections, nor the Ohio Secretary of State nor our company – expected the staggering volume of mail voting requests that actually happened,” he said. “The estimates given to us by the counties were not what turned out to be a reality.”
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In Summit County, ballots from Midwest Direct were postponed until October 10, and the rest of the original batch of 95,000 was mailed by October 12, according to Tom Bevan, a Democrat who is a member of the Election Commission.
In Lucas County, 60,000 ballots that Midwest Direct promised to send on Oct. 6 were mailed only a week later, said Pete Gerken, the county commissioner.