COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- More than 73,000 Ohioans have voted early so far in the state's primary election next month.
Secretary of State Jon Husted says 73,207 residents already have cast absentee ballots, while 155,093 ballots have been requested since the early voting period began for most on April 1. Absentee voting for military and overseas voters started March 22.
The election includes same-party candidate contests, a statewide ballot issue and about 600 local issues.
The deadline to request an early ballot is noon on May 3. Ohioans can vote absentee without giving any reason.
Voted ballots that are mailed must be postmarked by May 5 and received by May 16. Election boards also will accept them until polls close May 6. They cannot be returned at polling places.