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Early voting on the rise
New report finds increase since 2005

Kabir Bhatia
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Even in Ohio, it’s still too early to vote in the 20-12 presidential election. But a new study by the University of Akron's Bliss Institute says more and more voters are taking the state up on its no-fault early voting. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia has more...

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Since 2005, Ohio has allowed voters to cast absentee ballots, usually by mail, weeks in advance of Election Day. Before that, voters had to give a reason such as being out of town or in the hospital. John Green is director of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, and says the numbers, and types, of people taking advantage of early voting are on the rise.

Green adds that, as voters gain confidence in absentee ballots, internet voting may be the next step in the evolution of the electoral process.

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