Updated: Oct 26, 2012 5:19 PM
MADISON — Early voting is off to a strong start in Wisconsin, according to state elections officials.
The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board says as of late Thursday at least 225,209 absentee ballots had been issued.
Of those, 101,253 ballots were issued in clerks' offices and 123,956 ballots were issued by mail.
Board director Kevin Kennedy says in 2008, one in five ballots (633,610) cast were absentee and he expects similar numbers in 2012.
In-person absentee voting in clerk's offices runs through 5 p.m. or the close of business on Friday, Nov. 2, whichever is later. Some clerks are offering extended hours to handle demand.
Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, and must be received by the clerk by 4 p.m. the Friday after the election.
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