CLEVELAND - More than 10 percent of registered voters in Ohio have already requested absentee ballots according to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. The first of the 773,000 requests received will be going out to voters shortly as early voting in the state begins Tuesday, Oct. 2.
Nineteen percent of those ballot requests, or 137,000, came from Cuyahoga County. Numbers released Monday by the board of elections there show 17 percent of Democrats in the county, or roughly 74,000 voters, have requested absentee ballots.
Ballots will also be going out to 27 percent of Republicans, or some 34,000 voters.
Cuyahoga County's biggest voting bloc and the swing vote in this election, non partisan voters only accounted for around 29,000 of the total requested, or 6.6 percent of their numbers.
The total number is about 15 percent of all voters in the county and 25-30 percent of the projected turnout in November.