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Absentee Ballot Numbers Way Up In Ohio

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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter
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Nearly 1 million voters requested absentee ballots in the state of Ohio, according to an Associated Press report Tuesday.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted told the AP that over 957,000 absentee ballot applications were received as of Sept. 30 — 35,000 more than at this point during the 2012 presidential election. Of these applications, 15,000 came from overseas citizens and service members.

The state of Ohio will open the absentee application process in the beginning of October, and requires absentee ballots to be postmarked on or before Nov. 7 in order for the vote to be counted.

Nearly 5.6 million people voted in the 2012 presidential election, and close to 2 million were absentee. Pundits expect that upwards of 50 to 75 percent of all votes cast in the 2016 general election will be either early voting or absentee voting, an unprecedented number.

The state plans to open early voting October 12. Ohio supported President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and supported George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004.

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