Last day for Ohio in-person early voting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohioans have their last chance to cast to go to their local elections office to cast an early vote for Tuesday's election.

The state's top elections official has directed county elections boards to end the early, in-person voting at 6 p.m. on Friday. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-stehd) says the cutoff that's coming sooner than in past years is required by changes to state law.

The early voting deadline in previous elections had been the Monday before an election. The change has been contested by Democrats.

Elections officials in several counties have reported heavy turnout for early voting. Some have said one reason is interest in statewide ballot issues, including the one that will decide the fate of Ohio's law limiting the union rights of public employees.

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