Early voting underway in swing-state Ohio

NORWOOD, Ohio (AP) - In-person voting has begun in swing-state Ohio for the Nov. 6 elections for governor, U.S. Senate, House seats and a host of other state and local offices and issues.

Registration closed Tuesday, and county voting centers opened Wednesday morning.

Seventy-eight-year-old retiree Rod Sommer was first in line in Hamilton County. He said he was there an hour before doors opened at 8 a.m. EDT. He described himself as an Army veteran concerned about issues led by health care.

The early voting can be done via mail-in absentee ballot or in person at a voter's county elections board or early voting center designated by the county. Military and overseas absentee balloting began Sept. 22. For now, in-person voting is Monday-Friday, but weekend in-person voting will be possible nearer the election.

The Lucas County Early Vote Center is open from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday and will offer extended hours two weeks before the November 6th election.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Saturday, November 3rd.

For more information on requesting an absentee ballot in Lucas County, go to: http://co.lucas.oh.us/75/Absentee-Voting

For those interested in applying to work a polling location, visit: http://co.lucas.oh.us/80/Poll-Workers