Sidebar 2, Paper ballots: Cure or catastrophe?
$1.5 million -- Cost of Cuyahoga County’s recently signed lease for 15 optical scanners for 2008 primary.
$21 million -- Cost of the discarded Diebold electronic voting system Cuyahoga County purchased in 2006.
15,000 -- Number of absentee ballots which had to be counted by hand in the 2006 primary due to problems with optical scanning.
5 -- Number of days hand-scanning of absentee ballots delayed the county’s primary results
20 -- Percentage of all polling places that opened late on day of 2006 primary
16 -- Number of polling places court-ordered to stay open until 9 p.m. due to late openings and long lines in the 2006 general election.
1,400 -- Number of voters CCBOE erroneously de-registered for Nov. 2006 election due to problems with voter registration software.
12,000 -- Number of voters who cast ballots without properly verifying their eligibility in 2006 general election.
533 -- Number of precincts (out of 570) in which voters cast ballots without verifying eligibility.
5,000 - number of different absentee ballots the CCBOE must have ready to mail out on Feb. 8
300,000 -- Number of Cuyahoga County voters expected to turn out to vote on Mar. 4, 2008.
Sources: The Cuyahoga Election Review Panel report; the Election Science Institute report; the Public Monitor of Cuyahoga Election Reform report; The Plain Dealer; AP reports; Election Law@ Moritz.
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