Ohio voters cast record number of absentee ballots

Associated Press

COLUMBUS

Almost 1.9 million Ohioans voted an absentee ballot in last year’s election — a record number for the perennial presidential battleground state.

Roughly 33 percent of the more than 5.6 million votes cast in the November election were from absentee ballots, according to reports released Wednesday from Secretary of State Jon Husted. The early ballots accounted for about 30 percent of the overall votes cast in 2008.

Voters in Ohio can cast an absentee ballot early by mail or in person without giving any reason.

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