Ohio Secretary of State's Office
 Jon Husted & the Office  |  Elections & Voting  |  Campaign Finance  |  Legislation & Ballot Issues  |  Businesses  |  Records  |  Media Center  |  Publications 
Return to the Media Center Landing pageReturn to the Media Center Landing pageMedia CenterMedia CenterMedia Center

Media CenterMedia CenterPrinter Friendly Page

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Secretary of State Husted: Ohio Voters to Receive Statewide Absentee Ballot Applications Just After Labor Day

Voters need only complete the application, mail it back & their ballot will be delivered to them

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that this week more than six million applications to vote absentee in the upcoming Presidential Election will be mailed to Ohio voters, arriving in mailboxes shortly after Labor Day.

“This mailing represents an unprecedented move toward uniformity, accessibility and fairness in Ohio’s elections process,” Secretary Husted said. “For the first time voters in all 88 counties will receive an application to vote by mail – turning their kitchen table into a voting booth.”

By the Numbers:

  • Two – Number of statewide mailings. First mailing will go out on August 31, 2012, arriving in mailboxes shortly after Labor Day; Second supplemental mailing will go out early October.
  • 88 – Number of Ohio counties where all registered voters will receive an absentee ballot application -- marking the first time ever all Ohioans will have same level of access to ballot.
  • More Than Six Million – Number of voters included in initial mailing. The supplemental mailing will go out early October and include voters who registered or updated their information after August 6, 2012.
  • Three – Number of fields voters must complete on personalized absentee ballot applications. Voters must provide valid identification, their date of birth and signature.
  • 35 – Number of days before Election Day that early voting begins in Ohio and absentee ballots will be sent out – October 2, 2012.
  • One –National elections experts have noted that Ohio is the only state in the nation to send out absentee ballot applications to all registered voters outside of those states, which vote exclusively by mail (currently Washington and Oregon).
  • $1.4 Million – Total cost of the initial statewide mailing, which is well under initial estimates of $2-$3 million. With this cost comes the benefit of more votes being cast early, easing the Election Day rush and reducing the potential for long lines at the polls.

Voters must complete and mail in their application by noon on Saturday, November 3, 2012. If they change their mind and go to the polls after having requested an absentee ballot, they will have to vote provisionally.

For more information about the 2012 election, visit www.MyOhioVote.com.

Additional Information

Sample of the Absentee Ballot Application Mailer

Secretary Husted Discussing Statewide Mailing

Footage of Absentee Ballot Application Being Produced


For more information, please contact Matt McClellan at (614) 995-2239.

Stay Connected
Follow our office
Facebook Follow OhioSOSHusted on Twitter YouTube
The Ohio Channel Ohio Secretary of State's office RSS Feeds

 Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  State of Ohio

Created 2011

Footer Fade Left  Footer Seal  Footer Fade Right

Jon Husted & the Office

Contact Us
Duties & Responsibilities
Media Center


Ohio Military Votes
Ohio Business Profile
Reshape Ohio
Vote in Honor of a Veteran
Founding Fathers
Shielding Our Protectors
Be a P.E.O. in Ohio

Legislation & Ballot Issues

Putting an Issue on the Ballot
Ohio Ballot Board
Bill Effective Dates


Register to Vote / Update Your Address
Voting Absentee
FAQs About Voting
About This Election
Voters With Disabilities
Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voters (UOCAVA)
Rights & Responsibilities

Elections Results & Data

Elections Officials

County Board Directory
Directives, Advisories, Memos & Tie Votes
Forms & Petitions
Precinct Election Officials
County Voting Equipment

National Voter Registration Act


Election Calendar
Candidate Requirement Guide
Forms & Petitions
District Maps

Campaign Finance

Search Candidates & Committees
File Online

Business Services

Ohio Business Central
Business Name Search
Guide to Name Availability
Filing Forms & Fee Schedule
Business Filing Notification System
Ohio Business Profile

Uniform Commercial Code

File Online
Search Filings
UCC Forms & Fees

Business Information

Starting a Business
Expedite Your Filing
Business Identity Theft
Certificates of Good Standing
Prepayment Accounts
Request a Report
Glossary of Business Entities


Apostilles & Certifications
Notary Public
Search Notaries
Minister License
Search Ministers
Forms & Fees
Non-Resident Alien Land
Debarred Contractors

Historical Documents

Laws of Ohio
Ohio Constitution
Profile Ohio