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Politics Chat: This Year's Election In Ohio Will Be Larger Than The 2008 'Obama Surge'

The line to vote stretched past the Board of Elections building in Norwood, and around two corners, Tuesday morning, Oct. 6, the first day of early voting in Ohio.
The line to vote stretched past the Board of Elections building in Norwood, and around two corners, Tuesday morning, Oct. 6, the first day of early voting in Ohio.

This presidential election in Ohio is clearly going to shatter all previous records for turnout. By the time the polling places open on Nov. 3, over half of Ohio voters will have already cast early ballots, either by absentee ballot or in person at county boards of elections.

About 193,000 Ohioans went to their county boards last week to cast a ballot. That's three times as many as four years ago at the same point. And the boards of elections received nearly 2.5 million requests for absentee ballots - more than twice as many as had been requested at the same point in 2016.

WXVU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with WVXU's Jay Hanselman about how the state and county election officials are dealing with the massive number of votes cast so far and expected to be cast by Election Day.

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