Cleveland County, which is the second largest county in Ohio, also has a contract bulletin from Midwest Direct, but had no problems printing and sending ballots, said Mike West, a spokesman for the commission.
But some voters in Cuiahoga County reported ballot delays similar to those in other constituencies.
Pam Ogilvy, a high school social studies teacher in Parma, Ohio, said she filed for leave in mid-September. The Kuyahoga election commission’s website said for the first time that its ballot would be sent by October 6, the first day Ohio’s ballots could be released. A further update announced that it would be sent by October 12. Her newsletter finally arrived on Friday, 10 days after it was first mailed.
Ballots can be counted in Ohio if their postage stamp is sent by November 2, the day before election day. They can also be returned in person to the district election commission before the polls close on November 3.
Richard Gabby declined to be interviewed this week. In a statement issued to clients on Thursday, he noted that the delays were due to counties underestimating the number of ballots printed.
“It’s fair to say today that no one – neither the various election commissions, nor Ohio’s secretary of state, nor our company – anticipated the staggering volume of ballot requests that actually took place,” he said. “The estimates given to us by the districts were not what they really were.”
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In the Summit district, Midwest Direct ballots were postponed until October 10, and the rest of the original party of 95,000 was not mailed by October 12, according to Tom Bevan, a Democrat who serves on the Electoral Council.
In Lucas County, the 60,000 ballots that Midwest Direct promised to send on October 6 were mailed just a week later, said Pete Gerken, the county commissioner.