Election 2012
8:50 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Early Voting Kicks Off in Ohio

Voters in Ohio are getting their chance to cast an early ballot for president, U.S. Senate and other races.

Early voting for the Nov. 6 election starts today, with Ohioans able to vote by mail or in person without having to give a reason.

Ohio's elections chief Jon Husted says he's confident the state is prepared. He says local boards have received more than 922,000 absentee ballot applications as of Friday.

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

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has established uniform early voting hours for all the state's 88, which exclude weekends.  Previously, local boards of election could set their own hours, and weekend voting varied.

Statewide early voting hours are Tuesday - Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.