March 4th, 2008
09:05 PM ET
7 years ago

Judge extends polling time in Cuyahoga County, Ohio

(CNN) - A federal judge has ordered 15 polling stations in Cuyahoga County, Ohio – home to the city of Cleveland - to remain open until 9 p.m. The order came after Barack Obama’s presidential campaign filed suit has asking that voting be extended there and in Franklin County, home to the city of Columbus.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton said, “Due to reports of ballot shortages in Cuyahoga and Franklin counties, we requested a voting extension in those counties. We received reports of numerous precincts that had outstanding requests into the Board of Elections for ballots. We are working to ensure that every Ohioan who wishes to cast a ballot today may do so.”

Officials are now in the process of deciding which polling places will remain open. The Franklin County public information officer said polls in his county closed on time.

Updated 9:05 p.m. to reflect polls closed on time in Franklin County

–CNN’s Mark Preston and Jim Acosta


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Ohio
soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Robyn in CA

    It seems like people never read the whole story before they start commenting, he's asking for those polling places because of BALLOT shortages not the weather. and KC in Atlanta, he's not trying to keep the voices of Florida and Michigan silent. They went against party rules, rules that Clinton was ok with when she thought she had it in the bag. I couldn't think of a more unfair situation than to count the votes in an unofficial primary. If I lived in one of those states and knew my vote wouldn't count I wouldn't waste the time to cast it. So if they wanted their voices heard, they shouldn't have moved up their primaries against the wishes of the DNC!

    March 4, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  2. LISTENER

    CAN YOU BELEIVE THE CLINTONS BROUGHT YOU NAFTA AND YOU STILL VOTE FOR THEM IN OHIO.PEOPLE MUST NOT BE VERY BRIGHT IN OHIO.THAT WOULD EXPLAIN IT.OR IGNERANT!!

    March 4, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  3. Angel Viladegut

    Look at this:
    "Obama spokesman Bill Burton said, “Due to reports of ballot shortages in Cuyahoga and Franklin counties, we requested a voting extension in those counties. We received reports of numerous precincts that had outstanding requests into the Board of Elections for ballots. We are working to ensure that every Ohioan who wishes to cast a ballot today may do so.”
    All news reports have reported this evening 10:30 pm Eastern time that the Obama campaign in Ohio cherry picked these counties, there WAS NO SHORTAGE OF BALLOTS.
    SHAME ON OBAMA FOR CHEATING.

    March 4, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    very well im democrat but i don't want hillary to lose
    but i wanna go for my democrat no matter whats who's the winner

    March 4, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  5. Audrey

    All I have to say is that all these MCCann voters must be stupid. Why would you vote for such an old man? Don't you realize that this old man will be making laws for all of you young people and spending more of your tax dollars on that war that he and the others in office started. These republicans are snakes. They laugh at us while they take all of our tax dollars and give to other countries and we have to do without. Have you all looked at that stock market? I guess not. The government has all of you too busy worring about this election.

    March 4, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  6. Mike

    SO CAN YOU BELIEVE OBAMA AGAINST NAFTA AFTER THE MEMO LEAK AND FLIP FLOP OF HIS CAMPAIGN PEOPLE ANSWERING THE EXISTENCE OF THE MEETING?

    March 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  7. Docta

    CNN spent the entire week-end to dig a big hole under Barack Obama to make sure that Hillary Clinton wins BIG today. Shame of them, it was so obvious what they where trying to do. Fortunately, there is no way that the Clinton's can overcome the elected delegates gap.

    Hillary can smile and pretend. She is only making her concession speech nice to see. I will be so happy that day. And surely, that day will come. The day where, one of the nastiest couple will be erased from the American political landscape.

    I am really tired by the Clintons....We need CHANGE and HOPE for a better future for our kids.

    March 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. rick

    bias media! how can you look into the camera wolf? with 2% of the results in in Vermont and Obama with a 58% to 42% lead you projected him the winner. However, in Ohio with 31% of the results in and Clinton with a 57% to 32% lead you haven't projected her the winner. As a matter of fact you are still calling it a competive race. Every time you mention Canything about Clinton it is with a snide negativity and every mention of Oprah's golden boy Barrack has a positive spin. Shameful journalism and the sad part is that you are not alone.

    March 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  9. gizmo

    Normally I don't get this personal, but in this case I'm willing to make an exception. Most of you people posting here are ignorant. Did you people even read the article, or better yet, get off your butts and turn on the news. Here's what the article above says:
    Obama spokesman Bill Burton said, “Due to reports of ballot shortages in Cuyahoga and Franklin counties, we requested a voting extension in those counties. We received reports of numerous precincts that had outstanding requests into the Board of Elections for ballots. We are working to ensure that every Ohioan who wishes to cast a ballot today may do so.”
    Notice the sentence "We received reports of numerous precincts that had outstanding requests into the Board of Elections for ballots." This to me means that the requests were made by the precints first, not by Obama's campaign people. Not to mention that it says every Ohioan, not just Ohioan supporters of Obama.
    And as for Florida and Michigan, no their votes should not count, unless they want to do both states over and give each candidate a fair chance to campaign.
    And for God's sake will you people please shut up about the cry baby stuff (this goes to both of the candidates supporters). And before anyone decides to jump down my throat I am neither a Clinton supporter or Obama supporter. To be honest if I had my choice it would be Bugs Bunny!

    March 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  10. Glen

    This Guy is a liar ( He told the Canadian Government that he is O.K with NAFTA ; behind close door he is saying NAFTA IS O.K and in public he is saying he will negoiate NAFTA )

    HE IS A LIAR !!!! OBAMA IS A LIAR !!!

    IS THIS CHANGE ?

    OR

    IS IT YES WE CAN LIE ?

    YES WE CAN LIE !!!

    YES WE CAN LIE !!!

    March 4, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  11. Tommi

    Good News for Hillary. Gave Hillary's team more time to vote. Every time I hear CNN and the others Report that she is running a negative campaign, it echos through the world What a Negative Campaing The News Media Ran Against Hillary.

    Throw her a Kudo guys. What are you afraid of?

    March 4, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  12. BJ

    It is a shame that the primary had to turn negative for Hillary Clinton to win Ohio. Once more the negativities triumph over the real sense of America. This is an example of why the Republicans have been able to use things like this to keep ahead and a hold on the white house.

    March 4, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  13. KC Atlanta

    BJ, if you think calling in to question an out right lie by Sen. Obama as negative, you're living in a dream world.

    And LISTENER, speaking of ignorant, well err...learn to spell the word first before you call a whole state that!!!!

    March 4, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
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