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Secretary of State Jon Husted: More Than 484,000 Absentee Ballot Applications Received by Ohio Counties So Far

Columbus – Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that as of Friday, September 14, an estimated 484,000 absentee ballot applications had been received by county boards of elections statewide. This includes more than 475,600 non-military and more than 8,600 military and overseas voter absentee ballot requests. Military and overseas ballots will be mailed out beginning later this week on Saturday, September 22, 2012, and ballots for non-military and overseas voters will be mailed out beginning on October 2, 2012.

“We expect that many Ohioans will take advantage of the opportunity to vote by mail this year,” Secretary Husted said. “By requesting an absentee ballot, voters can avoid the lines and have their say without ever having to leave their homes.”

Absentee ballot applications must be received by boards of election by noon on Saturday, November 3, 2012. Voters are encouraged to submit their request as soon as possible to ensure sufficient time is available for them to complete and return their ballot to the board of elections.

Included in the total number of requested ballots are applications sent by the Secretary of State’s office as part of the first ever statewide absentee ballot application mailing. Additional information about the statewide mailing is available here. Voters who wish to vote by mail may also download an absentee ballot request form at

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