COLUMBUS: A glitch in the transfer of change-of-address records is being blamed for a small number of Ohio votersí absentee ballot requests possibly being rejected by mistake.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the problem can be traced to a delay transferring some updated address records from the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles to Secretary of State Jon Hustedís office.

Husted just this week sent about 33,000 updated registration records to local elections officials. Because of the delay, an unknown number of absentee ballot applications had been rejected because county elections officials didnít have some votersí current addresses.

Officials in Cuyahoga County ó which includes Cleveland ó said 71 such applications were rejected. Those voters will be sent new absentee ballots. Numbers werenít available for other counties.