Polling issues reported locally

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Over 100,000 registered voters are expected to cast their vote in Mahoning County in this mid-term election.

With that high voter turnout, there are bound to be some complications. Some have reported problems at polling locations or at the county board of elections.

There were some technical glitches at Tabernacle Evangelical Church in Austintown where some scanners were down for a short time. 

At St. Patrick’s Church on Oak Hill Avenue in Youngstown, it was an entrance issue. We received calls into our newsroom about elderly voters having a hard time making it down stairs.

Poll worker Jewel Stevens said while they did have a handicap accessible entrance on the other side of the building, some people opted not to go in at all.

“The people who come through that cannot make it inside, so we have curbside voting. Our employees go out and our poll workers go out to the curb,” Stevens said.

One concerned voter said she didn’t get an absentee ballot even though she says she asked for one. It turns out that happened to multiple people.

Joyce Kale-Pesta, director of the Mahoning County Board of Elections, said there are several third-party organizations that send out applications for absentee ballots, but just because you filled one out doesn’t mean the board of elections got it.

“If the application went back to their firm, we did not receive it. It would have gone through the Ohio Secretary of State. So, people who think they put in an application, it didn’t come to us,” Kale-Pesta said.

Kale-Pesta said the best option is to mail your ballot application directly to your board of elections, no through a third party source.

If you experience any issues at the polls, fill out one of our Report-It forms online.

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