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Tuesday, November 7

Polls Held Open in Cuyahoga County

The United States District Court has issued an order requiring the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to extend the hours of voting to 9 p.m. E.S.T at polling places designated in the court order.

From the Plain Dealer:
The Board of Elections released this list for voting locations that would remain open: Dunbar Elementary in Cleveland, Woodbury Elementary for Cleveland Heights/Shaker Heights, Boulevard Elementary for Cleveland Heights/Shaker Heights, Fuchs Mizrachi in University Heights, Korean Presbyterian in Cleveland, Gracemount School Cleveland, Westwood School in Warrensville Heights, St. Albans in Cleveland Heights, Alcazar Hotel in Cleveland Heights, Mt. Nebo in East Cleveland, Coventry School in Cleveland Heights, Canterbury School in Cleveland Heights, Clarkwood Road Library in Warrensville Heights, Noble Library in Cleveland Heights and Beachland Presbyterian Church in Cleveland.

The Democrat party lawyers had requested that 43 locations remain open until 9 p.m., a board spokesman said. The 16 remaining open are four locations that opened late and 12 where there were long lines.
Among other things, the judge remarked that "more than one hour in line is too long to wait given the importance of the right to vote." Amen to that. I saw far too many people giving up and leaving before an hour had passed.

UPDATE: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has upheld the order on appeal, but ruled that all votes cast after 7:30 pm will be treated as provisional ballots. That means that they will not be counted until the official count begins in eleven days.

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