Absentee ballots will be delayed in Summit County, board of elections says


SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) – If you live in Summit County and requested an absentee ballot, you’ll be getting yours about a week late.

The ballots were supposed to begin being sent out on October 6.

According to the Summit County Board of Elections, there’s an issue with the company they pay to print and mail them.

The company is Midwest Direct.

The Summit County elections office says they’ve traditionally handled the process in house, but they put out a request for a bid due to the volume of absentee ballot requests.

They say Midwest Direct was the only company who said they could handle the printing and mailing of the ballots by deadly.

They say they mailed out 60,594 ballots in 2016.

This year they’ve received more than 113,000 requests already.

According to the board of elections, voters who requested their absentee ballot should start receiving them Tuesday, October 13.

You can request an absentee ballot through noon on October 31.

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