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Elections chief: Ohio is ready for early voting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's elections chief says he's confident the presidential battleground state is prepared for the start of early voting on Tuesday.

Ohioans can cast an early ballot by mail or in person for the Nov. 6 election without having to give a reason.

This fall marks the first time absentee ballot applications are being mailed to every registered voter statewide. Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) said Monday that more than 922,000 people have applied so far for an absentee ballot.

He said it's unclear how that number compares to the last presidential election, because the state didn't collect that data on mailed ballots.

About 30% of Ohio's total vote - or roughly 1.7 million ballots - came in ahead of Election Day in 2008.

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