Ohio Elections Chief: About 806,000 Ask For Absentee Ballots

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Nearly 806,000 Ohioans have asked for an absentee ballot ahead of the November presidential election.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted says more than 13,000 of the requests for an absentee ballot are from military and overseas voters.

Residents in the swing state can vote absentee by mail or in person without having to give a reason.

Husted’s office says the absentee ballot applications he’s received so far this year are up compared with the same time during the 2012 election. Nearly 83,000 more requests have been received.

Military and overseas voters can already cast ballots for the Nov. 8 election. Early voting for other Ohioans begins on Oct. 12.