Tues. 1 p.m.: Ohio early voting numbers released

WARREN – More than a half million early Ohio ballots have been requested, and more than 417,000 Ohioans had voted before the polls opened today for election day, according to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

Specifically, 500,544 absentee ballots were requested by-mail and in-person for todays presidential primary election. By the close of early voting Monday, 417,537 voters had already cast their ballots.

Breakdown by party in Ohio:

Number of Democratic ballots requested: 226,710

Number of Democratic ballots cast: 187,570

Number of Republican ballots requested: 258,756

Number of Republican ballots cast: 222,927

Number of Green Party ballots requested: 895

Number of Green Party ballots cast: 304

Number of issues-only, nonpartisan ballots requested: 14,183

Number of issues-only, nonpartisan ballots cast: 6,736

By comparison, 335,542 Ohio voters cast their ballots early during the 2012 presidential primary election and 557,686 did so during the 2008 presidential primary, Husted said.

The polls are open now, and registered voters may cast their ballots at their designated polling places until 7:30 p.m. today. Voters may not vote in person at the boards of elections in Trumbull and Mahoning counties today.