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Secretary Husted: Absentee Voting Begins Tomorrow, More Than 920,000 Vote by Mail Requests Received

Columbus – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that as of Friday, more than 920,000 absentee ballot applications to vote by mail had been received by county boards of elections statewide. County boards of elections will begin sending ballots to eligible voters who have requested them tomorrow, 35 days ahead of the November 6th General Election.

“We are ready. Boards of elections are prepared and all voters can have confidence that Ohio will conduct a fair, open, and secure general election,” Secretary Husted said. “No matter which method of voting they choose – in person absentee, by mail absentee or on Election Day – we encourage all Ohioans to take the time now to check their registrations and know the rules so they can have a smooth experience at the polls.”

2012 General Election by the Numbers

  • 7.8 Million Ohioans are currently registered to vote.
  • 922,199 absentee ballot applications have been received as of Friday, September 28, 2012.
  • 10,823 Military and overseas absentee ballots have been distributed as of Friday, September 28, 2012.
  • More than 750 Hours over the course of five weeks are available to voters who choose to complete and return their ballots by mail.
  • Nearly 6.9 Million absentee ballot applications were sent out to Ohio voters over the course of two statewide mailings. (Initial: 6,488,648; Supplemental: 394,094)
  • 62,600 voters and counting have updated their address online at

Voters must submit absentee ballot requests to county boards of elections no later than noon on November 3, 2012. Forms can also be downloaded at: Voted ballots must be postmarked by the day before Election Day and received no later than the 10 days after the election (November 16, 2012). Absentee ballots may also be delivered in person to boards of elections by the close of the polls on Election Day. They may not be returned at polling locations.

Absentee ballot report as of September 28, 2012. (PDF)

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