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Politics Chat: Follow The Rules And Absentee Voting Should Be A Breeze

A ballot drop box in Washington state, which has 500 drop boxes across its 39 counties. Ohio has 88 drop boxes, which is one per county.
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A ballot drop box in Washington state, which has 500 drop boxes across its 39 counties. Ohio has 88 drop boxes, which is one per county.

As of mid-week, over 1 million Ohioans had requested absentee ballots for the November election. Election officials expect that many or more between now and the weekend before the Nov. 3 election.

It will be a record-breaking year for absentee balloting in Ohio, but Howard Wilkinson, WVXU's senior political analyst, told WVXU reporter Jay Hanselman that it shouldn't cause an Election Day logjam if voters follow a few simple rules.

One important correction: Wilkinson misspeaks in this audio. He says ballots must be postmarked Nov. 3; that is incorrect. They should be postmarked by be Nov. 2

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Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.