Ohio elections boss has concerns over postal plan

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's elections chief is asking the postmaster general to reconsider plans to close nine mail processing sites in the state, saying he's concerned about the security of early mail-in ballots that would be handled outside Ohio.

Secretary of State Jon Husted says in a Friday letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahue that some ballots would potentially leave Ohio twice -- once when they are mailed to voters and once when they're returned.

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service said Thursday that it's moving ahead with consolidations involving more than 260 of its nearly 500 processing centers nationwide.

In Ohio, mail in certain areas could be processed in Pennsylvania or Michigan.

Husted calls post offices integral to communities and writes that closures would "pose daunting challenges to state and local functions, specifically elections."