Ohio elections: The latest — Nearly 450,000 request absentee ballots


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COLUMBUS (AP) — The Latest on Ohio’s election (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

Ohio’s elections chief says fewer absentee ballots were requested ahead of Tuesday’s election than for an equivalent election cycle two years ago, but more of those ballots have been cast.

Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) says almost 450,000 Ohioans had requested absentee ballots as of Monday, and over 385,000 of them had been cast.

He says that compares to nearly 484,000 absentee ballots requested and over 383,000 cast by the comparable point in the 2015 election.

Three state issues were on the ballot that year. This year, there are two.

Absentee ballots returned by mail had to be postmarked by Monday. Voters still can return completed absentee ballots by hand-delivering them to their local elections boards before the polls close at 7:30 p.m.

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8:40 a.m.

The secretary of state’s office says polling places around Ohio opened for voting without any reports of major problems on Tuesday morning.

Election directors in parts of northeastern Ohio had relocated some polling sites after a severe storm over the weekend caused power outages across the region.

Ohio voters are deciding ballot issues that would place limits on drug prices and expand victims’ rights in criminal proceedings.

Issue 1 is meant to expand crime victims’ rights. Opponents say such laws elsewhere have had unintended, negative consequences.

Issue 2 aims to cut prescription drug prices for the poor, injured workers and prisoners. Opponents say it could reduce access and raise some prices.

Several mayoral races also will be decided in this election.

The polls are open until 7:30 p.m.

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12:10 a.m.

Ohio voters will decide ballot issues on Tuesday that would place limits on drug prices and expand victims’ rights in criminal proceedings, along with several mayoral races.

Issue 1 is meant to expand crime victims’ rights. Opponents say such laws elsewhere have had unintended, negative consequences.

Issue 2 aims to cut prescription drug prices for the poor, injured workers and prisoners. Opponents say it could reduce access and raise some prices.

While low voter turnout is typical in off-year elections, early voting figures in some counties indicate voter interest is higher than normal, particularly in city elections with incumbents facing spirited challenges.

Democrats have continued to do well in large urban areas, while Republicans have dominated recent statewide votes led by Donald Trump’s presidential win last year.

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