Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted asked county boards of elections to tell him what they want to do about in-person voting the final three days before the election, while Husted waits for a decision on whether the U.S. Supreme Court would hear his appeal of his ban on voting during that period.
In southwest Ohio, the answers Husted is getting are all over the map – with Democratic board members wanting more hours and Republicans generally wanting less.
As of Saturday, Hamilton County's mail-in absentee ballots are running 30 percent above what they were in the last presidential election in 2008, according to figures from the board of elections.
It is an indication of the high interest in this year's presidential contest - and the fact that, this year, six million Ohio voters were mailed absentee ballot applications by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.
Early voting begins Tuesday in Ohio; and election officials expect the number of voters who vote early by mail and in-person at boards of election to surpass that of the last presidential election four years ago.
As of Friday, the Hamilton County Board of Elections had already nearly 62 thousand and 5 hundred absentee ballot applications.
Four years ago, nearly 62 thousand Hamilton County voters cast ballots by mail or in-person at the board of elections. That was slightly more than one of every four ballots case.