COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Roughly 7.9 million Ohioans have registered to vote, and that number was expected to increase slightly as registration drew to a close in the presidential battleground state.
The secretary of state's office said the total reflects information from Ohio's 88 county elections boards as of Friday. Registration ends on Tuesday night.
About 8.2 million Ohioans were registered to vote in 2008.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) said Tuesday that more than 1.1 million people have applied for an absentee ballot to vote by mail, as of Friday. And another 13,100 military and overseas absentee ballots also have been requested.
Husted said more than 59,000 Ohioans have already cast a ballot in person. Early voting for the Nov. 6 election began last week.
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