Ohio polls finally close after problems

Secretary of state asked judge to hold some open late
April 29, 2008 12:56:08 PM PDT
Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner says all polls in Ohio have closed, after some polling places in two counties stayed open until 9 p.m. Tuesday. The Barack Obama campaign got a federal judge to issue an order for 21 Cuyahoga precincts to stay open until 9, alleging that some locations ran out of ballots.

Brunner earlier obtained an order to extend voting 90 minutes in Sandusky County, in northwest Ohio, because of ballot shortages.

Officials received several reports of ballots running low because a larger-than-expected number of people are asking for Democratic ballots. Holding the polls open may mean a delay in election results being released.

In heavily Republican Warren County in southwest Ohio, election officials had to restock polling places with Democratic ballots.

The county was seeing considerable turnout at the polls and more people than usual were asking for Democratic ballots, said elections director Michael Moore.

He said the board had delivered extra Democratic ballots to the 172 polling places to keep up with the demand.