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  Ohio Dems tout early voting edge
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ContributorBrandonius Maximus 
Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  Oct 22, 2010 03:53pm
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News DateFriday, October 22, 2010 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionDemocrats in Ohio believe their voter-turnout operation is surpassing Republicans' efforts based on early numbers that show more of their partisans voting early and absentee.

According to numbers tabulated by the Ohio Democratic Party and released exclusively to POLITICO, out of nearly 400,000 votes cast across the state through Thursday, 44 percent were from registered Democrats, 34 percent from Republicans.

The number included returned mail ballots and in-person early votes. Absentee voting, whether in person or by mail, made up 30 percent of ballots cast in Ohio in 2008.

Ohio Republicans disputed the figures but declined to provide their own data, saying it was against their policy to reveal strategic information.

Party breakdowns of early turnout are collected by Ohio's 88 counties but are not tabulated on a statewide basis by the secretary of state's office.

Ballots have been requested by 839,390 Ohio voters thus far, with Democrats comprising about 40 percent to the GOP's 30 percent, and the rest unaffiliated voters.
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