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2. There is only enough paper ballots for 25% of a precinct based on '04 turnout:
"On November 4, 2008, we will continue this best practice by asking every Ohio DRE precinct to
provide back-up paper ballots equal to 25% of the precinct turnout in the 2004 general election.
The cost to counties for offering the back-up paper ballots will be reimbursed by using federal
funding.

Poll workers will have the option of asking voters if they want a paper ballot, but will not be
required to do so. The Secretary of State's office will, however, provide four informational
posters which must be prominently posted in each polling location, alerting voters to the paper
ballot option."

-snip

http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/Upload/elections/directi...

and as I mentioned in a previous post, although 30% of Ohio voters are expected to utilize early voting, they expect an historic 80% turnout, coupled with average voting times (over 8 minutes in '08 versus under 5 minutes needed per voter in '04 due to ballot initiatives) they expect long lines. Although pollworkers are not required to offer paper ballots to alleviate the lines, 4 posters will be displayed at each precinct to inform voters of the option.

BTW I clarified that the paper ballots will not be inputted by poll workers, but instead will be transported along with other materials down to the county BOE where they will be inputed to an Op-scan on election evening. The votes on paper ballots, will not therefore, be recorded on the precinct level slip that will be posted outside each precinct.
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