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Lines Stretch On Last Day Of Early Voting


UPDATED: Monday November 5, 2012 5:29 PM

Voters lined up Monday morning for the chance to cast their early ballots.

Thousands of people waited for hours in long lines during the last weekend of early voting in Ohio. Monday is the last day for early voting, 10TV crews were at the Morse Road location as hundreds waited in line.

At some sites Sunday, lines snaked for several city blocks and it took hours to cast a ballot. In Cleveland, more than 2,500 people braved the cold in a line that stretched two blocks on Sunday afternoon.

“You wait in line for a roller coaster or a movie for hours at a time, in order to back my candidate and make the world a better place; I think it's worth it to me,” Columbus voter Roderick Pauley said.

In Akron, voters waited an average of two hours to vote Sunday. In Columbus, 15,000 people waited in line for as long as two hours from Friday through Sunday to cast early ballots in a state that could decide the presidential election.

“At one point this weekend, we got so busy that the line actually did stretch out the door,” Ben Piscitelli, of the Franklin County Board of Elections, said.

In Cincinnati, several thousand voters waited for as long as four hours in sometimes-rainy chilly weather.

In Delaware County, more than 14,000 people have already cast absentee ballots in person. That’s up from 6,500 in 2008.

The Board of Elections in Delaware had moved the early voting center to the southern part of the county after a study was conducted in 2008. It showed that roughly 75 percent of the county’s voters lived south of the city of Delaware.

About 1.6 million people have voted early in Ohio.

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