Ohio, Especially Cleveland, Under Scrutiny for Voting Problems

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Cleveland (AP) Ohio has the daunting task of running today's crucial democratic primary with new voting systems in place in many locations -- particularly trouble-prone Cleveland.

Cuyahoga county had been ordered in December to make a fast-track switch from touch-screen voting to paper ballots. About 250,000 registered democrats are in Cleveland and Cuyahoga county, meaning the area could be key in deciding the vote.

One poll worker says the printed ballots have been easier for voters to understand, though they took a little longer to fill out.

Most polling place opened on time and officials say balloting has gone rather smoothly. One school in columbus was without power, so voting machines are working on backup power.

In two precincts in Toledo, officials failed to show up on time with memory cards for the voting machines.

Officials aren't saying how long it may take to count the votes, but say counting could last into tomorrow.

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