TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Ohio's top elections official is in the Glass City Friday to speak about how the election process is going so far.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says more than a million registered voters in Ohio have already taken action to be part of the 2012 election. He says Ohioans have as much access to the ballot as any other state in the nation.
Husted believes even with all the attention being paid to the Buckeye State, he does not predict abnormally high voter turnout for this election. However, he does estimate around 70 percent of Ohio's 7.9 million registered voters will cast a ballot this time. He says that is partly due to mailing an absentee ballot request to every registered voter around the state.
"The response has been strong to that, plus the access to early in-person voting. We're now beyond 1.5 million people that have either voted early or requested an absentee ballot," said Husted.
Husted believes there are many easy ways for Ohioans to vote in the upcoming election.
"The one thing you can't say: 'It's hard to vote in Ohio.' It's as easy to vote in Ohio as it is in any other state in the nation. Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, they don't have early voting. Ohio has it starting 35 days out. You can vote by mail, you can vote in person early, and you have 13 hours on Election Day to vote," explained Husted.
Husted is in Toledo for a speech at the University of Toledo regarding election law.
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