Thousands Wait In Weekend Lines For Early Voting

By
April Laissle
Associated Press

Dateline
Updated Mon, Nov 5, 2012 1:13 pm

More than 1,000 voters cast their ballots early this past weekend in Athens County, according to elections officials at the county's Board of Elections office.

They joined the more than 20,000 other voters around the state who participated in the last weekend of early voting.

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.

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

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.

About 1.6 million people have voted early in Ohio.

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