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Nearly 150,000 Absentee Ballots Requested For Ohio Presidental Primary

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John Minchillo
Associated Press

The Ohio elections chief says nearly 150,000 absentee ballots have been requested with about three weeks to go before the state's March 17 presidential primary. 

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Tuesday that 149,736 absentee ballots have been requested by mail or in-person. Of those, 18,189 votes have been cast statewide.

By contrast, 151,697 voters had requested absentee ballots by the same period four years ago, with 10,104 votes cast.

The primary gives state Democrats their first chance to indicate who they want to enter an almost certain face-off with Republican President Donald Trump this fall.