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US Election Updates - October 31, 2012

1.2 million ballots cast in Ohio

Over 1.2 million residents have already voted in Ohio, a crucial battleground state that could decide the outcome of the November 6 election.

The Ohio Secretary of State's office said that as of October 26, around 1.26 million voters had cast ballots by mail-in absentee ballots or through early in-person voting.

The figure represents around 22 percent of the number of people who voted in the 2008 presidential election.

Absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 5 or can be delivered in person to the board of elections until the close of polls on November 6.

The Secretary of State's office said 1.32 million absentee ballots had been sent out this year. Around 64,000 have not yet been cast.

This election, Ohio made an unusual decision to send out absentee ballot applications to all registered voters.

If a resident requests an absentee ballot, they must use it to vote. In addition, if a person who has requested an absentee ballot shows up at a polling station on Election Day, he or she will be given a provisional ballot.

Legal experts say that if the result hangs on Ohio, it may have to wait until provisional ballots are counted. Under state law, these may not be counted until at least November 17.