The cost of absentee balloting in Ohio

Ohio officials report that absentee ballot rates were at a record high in 2006. It helped that voting rights organizations were encouraging people to vote early, given problems at the polling place in 2004.

However, many counties also report problems with counting the ballots, as well as with cost. As one official noted “It’s an expensive venture. We did not budget for a jump like that.”

See the story in the Toledo Blade