524k Ohio absentee ballots requested, 40k more than 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say more than 524,000 absentee ballots have been requested in Ohio this year — an increase of 40,000 compared to the same period during the 2012 presidential election.

Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) says nearly 12,000 of the absentee ballot applications are from military and overseas voters. The rest are from in-state residents.

Absentee ballot applications must be submitted by Nov. 5, the weekend before the Nov. 8 general election. Husted says voters should submit them as soon as possible.

Requests can be made online through MyOhioVote.com.

Completed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 7 and arrive at the county boards of elections offices within 10 days after the election.

The state says a record 1.87 million absentee ballots were cast in 2012.

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