WASHINGTON | Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:24pm EDT –
(Reuters) – More than 1.2 million Ohio residents have already voted in the state which is seen as one of the most crucial in deciding the November 6 presidential election.
The Ohio Secretary of State’s office said that as of October 26, about 1.26 million voters had cast ballots by mail-in absentee ballots or through early in-person voting. That represents about 22 percent of the number of people who voted in the 2008 presidential election.
Secretary Jon Husted said the pace of early voting was picking up ahead of next week’s election. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 5 or they can be delivered in person to the board of elections until the close of polls on November 6.