Update: Voters Won't Get Absentee Applications by Mail

But they will next year as part of a compromise.

Cuyahoga County officials, who last week said they would continue to mail out applications for absentee ballots to all voters, now say they will not following a compromise with the state.

People in Brecksville and other communities will still be able to vote absentee this November, but they will have to seek out an application – it won't come in the mail.

Many Brecksville residents opted for absentee ballots in the city’s last election in . There were more than 2,500 absentee ballots filed in that election – more than half of all the people . 

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

But FitzGerald and Husted reached a compromise late last week in which Cuyahoga County will not mail out applications for the November general election. In return, Husted promised to mail out applications to voters in all 88 counties for the 2012 presidential election.

The battle began when Husted said boards of elections can no longer mass-mail absentee applications to all voters in the county. 

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

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


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