Ohio’s elections chief focuses on poll worker recruitment

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s elections chief says his office is renewing efforts to help recruit and train poll workers as the closely watched battleground state prepares for another presidential election.

Speaking to local election officials, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) said Wednesday that he plans to urge major corporations and businesses to encourage their employees to devote a day for democracy.

Husted told the Ohio Association of Election Officials that his recruiting initiative seeks to appeal to people’s patriotism.

Husted also addressed some snags that arose in the last November election, including postmarks glitches with absentee ballots. In Summit County, more than 800 ballots without postmarks were discarded because Ohio law requires ballots to have a postmark to be counted.

Husted said discussions continue about how to fix the postmark problem.