OH Weather Affecting Voters In Jefferson County

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Mar 4, 2008 12:46pm

ABC News’ Karen Travers Reports: Due to heavy storms in Jefferson County Ohio, voters there will be able to cast provisional ballots at the county’s Board of Elections office in Steubenville if they cannot get to their voting location.

This morning Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner filed a friendly lawsuit with a judge Franklin County to allow Jefferson County voters to cast provisional ballots.

Judge John Bender approved the order, which only applies to Jefferson County, but a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office tells ABC News that the order could be extended because of inclement weather in the southeastern part of the state.

The friendly lawsuit was filed with the consent of the Jefferson County elections officials. It was filed in Franklin County because the Secretary of State’s office is located there in Columbus.

Jefferson County is located on the border of Ohio and Pennsylvania and as of 2000, had a population of about 74,000. Steubenville is the county seat. Former President Bill Clinton campaigned there in February but neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama have been there.

John Kerry beat George Bush 52-47 percent in 2004. Turnout was about 36,000 voters.

Jeff Ortega, spokesman for Secretary Brunner, said that there have been no reported problems at polling stations across the state and all indications are that voter turnout is heavy.

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