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Secretary of State Jon Husted: More Than 723,000 Absentee Ballot Applications Received by Ohio Counties So Far

Columbus – Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that as of Saturday, September 22, an estimated 723,000 absentee ballot applications had been received by county boards of elections statewide. This includes more than 713,400 non-military absentee ballot applications and more than 9,700 military and overseas voter absentee ballots that began going out on Saturday, September 22, 2012. Ballots for non-military voters will be mailed out beginning on October 2, 2012.

“Voting by mail is convenient and secure, which is why so many Ohioans are taking advantage of this option,” Secretary Husted said. “Those who vote by mail will have up 750 hours or more to cast their ballots from the comfort of their own homes and can avoid potential lines on Election Day.”

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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