The Latest: Polls open in Ohio with long lines in some areas

The Latest on Ohio voting and election issues. (all times local):

7:15 a.m.

Polls are open in Ohio as voters cast ballots in the U.S. presidential election and the race for one of Ohio’s U.S. Senate seats among other contests.

Ohio election sites opened at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday with some long lines reported in areas including Cincinnati and Cleveland. Polls in the battleground state close at 7:30 p.m.

Election officials in Cuyahoga County are taking precautions to deal with any problems that might occur at polling places.

County Board of Elections Director Pat McDonald said Monday he’s been in contact with officials from the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also has asked the county sheriff’s office to reactivate a special response team created for July’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

McDonald says local police departments are also prepared to respond if needed.


1:00 a.m.

The day Ohio residents and voters across the U.S. cast final ballots in one of the most unusual, contentious, colorful and crazy presidential elections in recent memory is here.

As usual, the battleground state has been in the spotlight.

The state attracted dozens of visits by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump or their surrogates. That included stops by Democratic President Barack Obama, Trump family members, Democratic former President Bill Clinton and celebrities including Sally Field and Jay Z.

Ohio also delivered a primary victory to Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) and saw Cleveland host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The U.S. Senate race between Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland was among the most expensive Senate contests of the year.