Summit County Voters Absentee Ballots Thrown Out

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Officials say nearly 900 voters in Summit County in northeast Ohio won’t have their absentee ballots counted for the Nov. 3 election because they lacked a postmark.

The Akron Beacon Journal ( ) reports ballots without a postmark amounted to 9 percent of the 10,130 absentee ballots mailed in to the Summit County Board of Elections.

Officials say this is the highest number of votes thrown out since 2008. Voters whose ballots weren’t counted will be notified.

Elections board members believe the late ballots without postmarks can be attributed to the earlier closure of Akron’s mail processing center. Mail sent locally was routed to Cleveland before coming back to Akron.

The board will hold a hearing on the issue on Dec. 28 amid concerns regarding next year’s presidential election.