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Ohio polls have closed, but some voters are still in line

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 11/4/2020 Laura Johnston, cleveland.com
a group of people walking down a street: Voters waited for hours to cast their ballot at Hillside middle school in Seven Hills. © Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com/Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS Voters waited for hours to cast their ballot at Hillside middle school in Seven Hills.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Ohio polls have officially closed at 7:30 p.m., but anyone in line by that cut-off will be allowed to vote.

The absentee ballot drop-off at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is now closed, though. And the board plans to begin posting early voting results about 8 p.m.

a group of police officers riding on the back of a car: A voter heads to the line through traffic to cast their ballot at Hillside middle school in Seven Hills. Many voters waited for more than two hours. © Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com/Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS A voter heads to the line through traffic to cast their ballot at Hillside middle school in Seven Hills. Many voters waited for more than two hours.

With voter turn-out reaching higher than 80% in some cities, many polling places have seen hours-long waits all day with lines that stretch through parking lots.

At Maple Leaf Elementary School in Garfield Heights, long lines lasted all day.

Gina Telman, who got off work at a nursing home at 7 p.m., just made the deadline. She said she’s voted in every presidential election since 1980. And she was the last person in line.

a person standing in front of a store: Voters wait in line to cast their ballot at Hillside middle school in Seven Hills. Many voters waited for more than two hours. © Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com/Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS Voters wait in line to cast their ballot at Hillside middle school in Seven Hills. Many voters waited for more than two hours.

“I’m a Nov. 3 kind of gal,” said Telman, who enjoys the atmosphere of voting in person. She expected to wait an hour or less.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Voters wait in line to cast their ballot at Hillside middle school in Seven Hills. Many voters waited for more than two hours. © Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com/Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS Voters wait in line to cast their ballot at Hillside middle school in Seven Hills. Many voters waited for more than two hours.

Ohio is in position to break its all-time record for votes cast for the Nov. 3 presidential election, Secretary of State Frank LaRose said.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has minute-by-minute updates of voter turnout, including early and absentee votes, in every city.

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a group of people standing and talking on the phone: Lit by the screen of her laptop, Seven Hills resident Hayley Drlik studies for a test as she waits in line to cast their ballot at Hillside middle school in Seven Hills. Many voters waited for more than two hours.

Lit by the screen of her laptop, Seven Hills resident Hayley Drlik studies for a test as she waits in line to cast their ballot at Hillside middle school in Seven Hills. Many voters waited for more than two hours.
© Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com/Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com/cleveland.com/TNS
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