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More than 545,000 voters requested absentee ballots in Wis.

MADISON, Wis. - More than 545,000 Wisconsin voters requested absentee voters, according to the Government Accountability Board.

As of Monday morning, the state elections board said at least 545,060 voters had requested absentee ballots. More than 392, 000 of those ballots were requested by people's in clerk's offices during the early voting period.

In-person absentee voting in the clerks' offices ended on Friday, Nov. 2.

"It is clear absentee voting plays an important role in the election, with more than half a million people making requests during a shorter time period," Kevin J. Kennedy, Wisconsin's chief election official, said in a statement. "Absentee voting in clerks' offices finished up Friday, giving clerks more time to be better prepared for Election Day on Tuesday."

The Government Accountability Board said mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received in the municipal clerk's office by 4 p.m. the Friday after the election in order to be counted.

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