Election Chief In Ohio At Ease With Paper

CLEVELAND (AP) - For the often embattled elections director in Cuyahoga County, the coming presidential election is like a hurricane on the horizon. Getting ready requires a lot of anticipation and preparation, but Jane Platten is staying calm.

Platten will be dealing with a continued transition to optical scanning of paper ballots. The county scrapped its touch-screen voting system before the March primary.

She anticipates 700,00 to 750,000 ballots to be cast in Cuyahoga County in the November election.

Intense scrutiny on Nov. 4 will come from election observers, including media, who will try to see if voters are satisfied or frustrated.

Platten hopes about 300,000 voters will cast mail-in ballots, easing Election-day lines at the polls.