COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voters in the battleground state of Ohio are getting their chance to cast an early ballot for president, U.S. Senate and other races.
Early voting for the Nov. 6 election starts on Tuesday, with Ohioans able to vote by mail or in person without having to give a reason.
First lady Michelle Obama planned to visit Cincinnati to kick off early voting. Republican Mitt Romney's campaign also planned a get-out-the-vote bus tour in southwest Ohio and elsewhere.
Ohio's elections chief Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) says he's confident the state is prepared. He says local boards have received more than 922,000 absentee ballot applications as of Friday.
About 30 percent of Ohio's total vote — or roughly 1.7 million ballots — came in ahead of Election Day in 2008.