Washington County election officials say they don't see large numbers of errors on vote-by-mail ballots returned to them. However, they do happen...and sometimes, the mistakes are strange.
"We've begun opening the absentee ballots for the Warren election," notes Board of Elections Director Peggy Byers, "and we noticed someone colored the box way to the left...a half an inch to the left of the oval...so we've seen some strange things here and there."
Across Ohio, county boards of elections get a lot of incompleted ballots sent to them by voters choosing the mail-in option of casting ballots.
Cuyahoga County, where Cleveland is located, has even reported getting return envelopes...minus the ballots which were supposed to be included in them. But Byers says the problems they have with mail-in ballots are few...and can be resolved quickly.
"A Democrat and a Republican can put them on speaker phones, and we'll take something like a Social Security number fix over the phone," she says. "For things like a signature missing, they do demand the person come in and take care of something like that."
Wood County has a mail-in voter system, but the county clerk's office says it's virtually mistake-free, since the participants have been voting for years and know what they need to do to make it legal.
And we have a couple of reminders about next week's election in the Warren Local School District....
Early voting at the Washington County Courthouse will be held two more days...Saturday from 8 A.M. a-m to noon...and from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. Monday.
Polls on election day will be open the regular voting hours...from 6:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M.