Elections Chief: 173,000 Ballots Cast in Ohio Primary So Far

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s elections chief says more than 173,000 ballots have been cast ahead of the swing state’s primary contests next Tuesday.

Registered voters in Ohio can cast ballots by mail or in person before Election Day without giving any reason.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted says an informal survey of county elections boards shows more than 328,000 absentee ballots have been requested statewide. His office says over 167,000 applicants requested Republican ballots, and more than 149,000 requested Democratic ones. Others requested Green Party or issues-only ballots.

Ohio voters will have the chance to help decide races for their party’s presidential nominee. The primary contests also include congressional contenders and a number of local candidates.

Voters in 82 of the 88 counties will decide the outcome of 465 local issues.