What Exactly Happened in Sandusky County To Delay Statewide Results 2 Hours?
So polls are open in Ohio till 9pm in some select precincts in Sandusky County (northwest Ohio). What is it about Ohio? Why can't our polls ever close when they're supposed to? And what exactly happened to cause this mess anyway?
Well, I just got done reading Ohio Secretary of State Directive 2008-35 (court order available here, and the SoS order here). Sandusky County utilizes an "ballot-on-demand" printer. That printed failed and the county was unable to print ballots.
This afternoon the ballot-printer failed, and because we're Ohio, they didn't have a backup in place. No replacement part for the broken printer was available either. So they waited, and waited, and waited - and in the process turned voters away. The polls are open till 9pm now, but the number of precincts and voters this failure affected could be extremely large (or miniscule). We don't know because we don't know how many precincts this one printer serviced, or how many voters were turned away.
Tim's got a post coming in a second to show what the problem is in Cuyahoga county, how many folks are affected.