2012 ELECTION

Last day for in-person absentee voting in Va., early voting in D.C.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The clock is ticking for Virginia voters who want to cast in-person absentee ballots.

The State Board of Elections says Saturday is the final day to submit those ballots, and all localities across Virginia will be open a minimum of eight hours to accept them. The state's voter ID laws apply to absentee in-person voting.

Registered voters in Virginia can cast absentee ballots if they meet certain criteria. The deadline has already passed to seek an absentee-by-mail ballot.

For more information and locations, visit the State Board of Elections website at http://www.sbe.virginia.gov.

Today is also the last day for early voting in D.C.

About 25 million people already have voted in 34 states and the District of Columbia. No votes will be counted until Election Day but several battleground states are releasing the party affiliation of people who have voted early.

So far, Democratic voters outnumber Republicans in Florida, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio - five states that could decide the election, if they voted the same way. Republicans have the edge in Colorado, which Obama won in 2008.

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