With early voting beginning in Ohio, some camped out to cast first ballots

    More than a dozen Ohio State students spent Tuesday night in the parking lot of the Franklin County board of elections (WSYX/WTTE)

    Ohio voters can start casting ballots today as early voting gets underway ahead of next month's presidential election.

    Residents can vote absentee by mail or in person without having to give a reason. The early voting center in Franklin County is located at the board of elections at 1700 Morse Road.

    More than a dozen Ohio State students spent the night in the board of elections parking lot, hoping to cast some of the first ballots. The students are a part of the group "Buckeyes for Hillary". They didn't just set up tents, they ended up having a pizza party, complete with a dj as they celebrated getting to vote. Some of them will be voting for the first time.

    The Donald Trump campaign's Ohio communications director released a statement this morning saying "The Clinton campaign has people camping out overnight to vote like they're waiting for the new iPhone, but these gimmicks are just meant to distract from the low-energy (of) her candidacy among regular Ohio voters. Our campaign will be using every day of early and absentee voting to get out our voters, culminating in an Election Day win for Mr. Trump."

    Secretary of State Jon Husted says county boards of elections statewide have received nearly 1.1 million absentee ballot applications.

    And there's still time to request an absentee ballot. Boards must receive the applications by noon on Nov. 5, but in-person early voting runs through Nov. 7.

    Voters will have the chance to decide races for congressional and state legislative seats, justices of the Ohio Supreme Court and appellate judges, and members of the state Board of Education. Around the state, local candidates and more than 1,800 local issues, including school levies, also are on ballots.

    For details on your county's early voting center, click here for information from the Ohio Secretary of State's Office.

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