In Ohio, an early ballot cast by a person who dies before the election will still count.
Ohio's elections chief has determined that an absentee ballot cast by a voter who then dies before the election will still be tallied.
The confirmation by Secretary of State Jon Husted lends clarity to a situation in which some county boards of election differ on how those ballots should be treated.
A Husted spokesman, Matt McClellan, says the fact Ohio law is silent on the question means election officials should count such ballots.
He says a deceased person's absentee vote would still count in that situation.
Some counties have differed on how to handle the situation in the past. Husted's clarification creates uniformity statewide.