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Voters Will Receive Absentee Applications by Mail

Cuyahoga County officials override a state directive

Cuyahoga County plans to again mail out applications for absentee ballots to all voters.

That's a big deal for Solon. In the November 2010 election, more than half of all ballots cast were absentee, according to data from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Cuyahoga County Council voted last night to override opposition from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and support County Executive Ed FitzGerald's decision to continue mailing the applications.

"We can't go back to the days of long lines and voter confusion," Cuyahoga County Vice President Sunny Simon said in a news release.  "Our elections board has implemented key reforms – and they've worked. Our ability to vote is a fundamental right that must come first."

Solon  voting by mail. In November 2010, 9,695 Solon voters cast ballots in the mid-term elections. More than half, 4,766 voters, used absentee ballots.

FitzGerald and Husted have been sparring since Husted said boards of elections can no longer mass-mail absentee applications to all voters in the county. 

FitzGerald said another county department would do the mailings and pick up the tab for postage.

After controversy over elections in 2004 and 2006, the Board of Elections started to mail absentee ballot request forms to all registered voters, hoping to streamline the process and make voting easier.

"The effort has drastically improved elections in the county, reducing lines and making voting a seamless experience for many county voters," the news release from Simon said.

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