Early voting that drew long lines ends in Ohio

5:20 PM, Nov 5, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS --  Early voting has ended in battleground Ohio, and now it's up to voters at the polls on Election Day.

In the Democratic stronghold of Cleveland, there was a festival atmosphere around the early voting location at the county elections board, with music blaring across the street, vendors selling political buttons and hot dogs. Jesse Jackson worked the crowd.

Hundreds of people were lined up around the corner as the final day of early voting wrapped up Monday afternoon.

Barack Obama supporter Ijeoma Mba (ee-JOH'-mah UM'-bah) of Cleveland said she wanted to avoid Election Day polling place problems by voting early.

The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County elections board only confirmed Sunday that power had been restored to the last of the polling places blacked out by superstorm Sandy last week.


The Associated Press

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