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Steve Quillen, Ohio County Elections Chief, Quits Citing Stress

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People cast their ballots for the US presidential election at an early voting center in Columbus, Ohio, on October 15, 2012. Three weeks before election day, the White House race between US president Barack Obama and his Republican foe Mitt Romney remains statistically tied, with Obama maintaining just a slight advantage, a new opinion poll found Monday. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages) | Getty File

DAYTON, Ohio -- An Ohio county's director of elections has resigned because he says work on the coming presidential election was too stressful.

The Dayton Daily News reports that Miami County elections director Steve Quillen cited "the stress of the upcoming presidential election" in his decision.

The county election board accepted Quillen's resignation Friday, just weeks before the election. He is a Republican so the county Republican Party in the key presidential battleground state will recommend his successor.

The county had experienced delays in getting absentee ballots to voters, but the board chairman says that played no part in Quillen's departure.

A Republican on the board said the shuffle won't affect the integrity of the election.

The board asked Quillen's deputy to contact the state elections chief for help.

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