Ohio voting machines to be tested today

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's voting machines will be tested today as poll workers prepare for an 80 percent turnout.

Poll workers must scan thousands of absentee ballots cast during the month-long early voting period, which concluded today. Officials say an estimated 1.5 million voters cast an absentee ballot during the period, which began September 30.

Long lines are expected across the state despite new policies designed to counteract them. And Republican and Democratic lawyers are at the ready to file lawsuits over any perceived illegal activity.

Likewise, volunteers from both campaigns were set to stand near polling locations to hear complaints, and independent advocacy groups vowed to monitor any irregularities.

Source: Associated Press