Slow voter participation so far in Ohio’s extended primary

FILE - This Sunday, March 15, 2020, file photo shows a bowl of stickers for those taking advantage of early voting in Steubenville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

CINCINNATI — Voter participation in Ohio's pandemic-delayed primary election is on a slow pace with less than week to go.

Numbers released by the state's election chief show fewer than a fourth of registered voters had requested an absentee ballot by the end of last week.

He says voting is going relatively smoothly under the unprecedented circumstances.

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State authorities canceled in-person voting hours before the scheduled March 17 primary, and then replaced it with voting that is nearly all absentee.

There will be in-person voting April 28 restricted to disabled voters and homeless people.

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