Mailing of absentee ballots delayed in Summit County as private vendor deals with high demand

Election 2020 Ohio Primary
Posted at 11:34 AM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 11:34:39-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — If you live in Summit County and requested an absentee ballot, expect delays as a private vendor contracted to mail the ballots deals with triple the expected volume of requests and printing issues.

Lance Reed, director of the Summit County Board of Elections, said the office contracted Midwest Direct to print and mail all the absentee ballots but the company hit a snag.

MidWest Direct advised the board of elections that there was a malfunction with a machine that prepares absentee ballots and there will be a delay in the mailing of ballots. Voters should start to receive them in the mail on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections said that while they also use Midwest Direct, they are not affected by the delay.

Midwest Direct is located in Cleveland and has been around since 1982. They were contracted to print ballots and stuff them in envelopes for boards of elections in 20 counties, according to News 5 media partner at