Ohio elections early voting begins

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(WKBN/AP) – Early in-person voting gets underway in Ohio Tuesday. You can cast your vote at the Board of Elections office from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Early voting is available Monday through Friday through election day.

The man who oversees Ohio elections says the process is simple and secure.

“There’s no good excuse for not voting because we make it so easy in Ohio,” said Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. “You’ve got four weeks of early voting, in-person at your Board of Elections. You can also request your absentee ballot right now and they’ll mail one to your house.”

LaRose says despite rumors about election integrity, the state’s voting system is audited after every election. Last year, the accuracy rating was 99.98%.

“At the same time, there’s that electronic tabulation. There’s also a hard copy paper trail for every ballot that’s ever been cast in Ohio. That allows us to do a post-election audit. We do it after every election,” LaRose said.

There is just one weekend of early voting: October 30 and 31.

Ohioans had to register by Monday to vote in Nov. 2 elections.

Contests include two special congressional elections, local council and school board races and a number of local ballot questions. The biggest prizes are the Cleveland-area 11th U.S. House district seat formerly held by Democrat Marcia Fudge and the Columbus-area 15th U.S. House district formerly held by Republican Steve Stivers.

Democratic Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown is facing Republican Laverne Gore, a business owner and activist, for House 11.

Republican Mike Carey, a longtime coal lobbyist, faces Democratic state Rep. Allison Russo, a health policy expert, for House 15.

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