Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ohio Absentee-Ballot Requests at 1.46 Million and Counting


Absentee-ballot requests at 1.46 million and counting
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 1:11 AM

A record 1.46 million Ohioans have requested absentee ballots so far for next Tuesday's election, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner announced yesterday.

That includes 221,368 Ohioans who have requested in-person absentee ballots and 1.2 million who asked for mail-in absentee ballots as of last Friday.

This is the first presidential election in Ohio since the law changed to allow "no-fault" absentee voting without having to provide a valid reason. Officials hope the push for early absentee voting will help ease lines at the polls.

Brunner is predicting an 80 percent turnout of the 8.3million Ohioans registered statewide, or 6.6 million voters, and officials hope a third of that total will come from absentee votes.

Applications for absentee ballots by mail must be received by county boards of elections by noon Saturday, and absentee ballots may be voted in person at the boards until the close of business hours Monday (7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial in Franklin County).

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