- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A record number of Ohioans cast absentee ballots in November’s election while fewer people had to vote provisionally.

That’s according to official presidential election results Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) certified Thursday.

Husted reports turnout was 71.33 percent for the Nov. 8 election between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. That compares to 70.53 percent turnout in 2012 and 69.97 percent in 2008.

The total voter pool was smaller, however. Just over 5.6 million ballots were cast this year, down about 25,000 from 2012 and about 165,000 from 2008. A majority of the 1.89 million absentee ballots cast were in Trump-supporting counties.

Roughly 155,000 provisional ballots were cast and about 85 percent were counted. That’s fewer provisionals than in 2012 or 2008 with a greater percentage counted.

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