Early voters jammed county election boards across Ohio Sunday on the last weekend day before the election in a state where that presidential election may well be decided. At some sites, lines snaked several city blocks and it took hours for voters to get inside to cast a ballot. In Cleveland, more than 2,500 people braved the cold in a line that stretched two blocks and started forming two hours before the doors opened, but moved quickly all afternoon. Polling stations were open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. across the state.
The scene was repeated across the state and region, where many county boards of election reported long lines.
In Summit County, hundreds of people were in line at 4:30 p.m. in Akron and were waiting on average two hours to vote during an “extremely busy” afternoon, said board of elections deputy director Kim Zurz.
In Painesville, east of Cleveland in Lake County, about 200 people were in line in the early afternoon, and voting was taking about two hours.
More than 3,700 people voted in Franklin County, according to Ben Piscitelli, public information officer for the board of elections in Columbus.