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Secretary of State Casts His Early Ballot

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ANDY CHOW
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
Secretary of State Jon Husted drops off his absentee ballot at the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Early voting has been under way for a week, and the number of registered voters is the highest it’s been in a decade.

Many voters are opting to vote early through absentee ballot. That includes one major statewide official.

Secretary of State Jon Husted visited the Franklin County Board of Elections to drop off his absentee ballot. He says Ohio takes an all-of-the-above approach to voting, which means in-person on Election Day, in-person at your local board of election, through the mail or by drop-off.

“There’s no reason in Ohio you should ever have to stand in a line, you can get your ballot by mail and just drop it in your own mail box or drop it in at the board of elections," Husted says.

Democrats rallied outside to criticize Husted’s practice of clearing the voter rolls, which was upheld up by the U.S. Supreme Court.