COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that early voting in Ohio has reached a record for the state with 1.8 million ballots cast.
Husted made his remarks in the first of what is anticipated to be periodic updates throughout Tuesday evening in a makeshift election nerve center in the Ohio statehouse rotunda.
He thanked the 40,000 poll workers who he credited with making the statewide election system work smoothly. There are 4,800 polling locations across the state that closed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
In an earlier interview, Husted described what would trigger a recount in the presidential election in Ohio.
Essentially, Husted said if the vote difference between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney is in the neighborhood of 14,000 votes, a recount would be triggered automatically.
The exact formula that triggers an automatic recount is a margin of one quarter of one percent of the total vote count.
Additional vote tally updates are expected here at the statehouse throughout Tuesday evening.
Husted said there were only minor glitches in the vote system across the state.
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