2.2 million Ohio voters cast ballots early, breaking records

2.2 million Ohio voters cast ballots early, breaking records
2.2 million Ohio voters cast ballots early, breaking records (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND (WOIO) - With a week still left before Election Day, 2.2 million people in Ohio have already cast their ballots through absentee or early voting.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said yesterday that number surpasses the 1.9 million people in Ohio who voted early in the 2016 presidential election.

Two and a half times the number of people who voted early in-person in 2016 have already done so in 2020.

So far, 743,130 Ohioans have voted early in-person; in 2016, 288,865 people did.

That increase in early voters has resulted in long lines outside county Board of Elections offices, the only place to vote early in-person in the state.

2,777 people voted early in-person in Cuyahoga County just this Tuesday, seven days before Election Day.

The number of absentee ballots being returned this year is almost double what it was in all of 2016; 1,432,126 ballots have been returned so far in Ohio, compared to 766,017 absentee ballots returned in 2016.

In Cuyahoga County, 73% of people who requested an absentee ballot have already returned theirs.

Midwest Direct, a Cleveland-based mailing, printing and shipping company responsible for sending out absentee ballots this year, experienced issues with sending out correct ballots and sending out ballots on time for some counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Early in-person voting is open until Nov. 2; absentee ballots must be postmarked by that date in order to be counted.

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