Officials at the Franklin County Board of Elections say early voting turnout this year is on pace to match the 2012 presidential election.
More than 18-thousand people have cast early ballots so far, despite the loss of the "golden week" in which people could register and vote on the same day. More than 160-thousand county residents have requested absentee ballots. Ohioans have requested more than 1.4 million absentee ballots ahead of the November election. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted says that's 200 thousand fewer than the number requested by this point in the 2012 election cycle. 344 thousand have been cast, more than 450 thosuand fewer than this point in 2012. Voters can still request an absentee ballot by mail if the request is postmakred by noon on November 5. Completed absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 7.