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Secretary Husted: Nearly 1.8 Million Absentee Ballots Cast, Surpasses 2008 Presidential Election Figure

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today released the final round of absentee voting data for Ohio ahead of the 2012 Presidential Election based upon an informal survey of Ohio’s 88 boards of elections.

As of today, nearly 1.8 million Ohioans had already cast their ballots. Of the more than 1.3 million absentee ballots that were mailed to voters during the absentee voting period, more than 1.1 million have already been returned, or 87.1 percent. In addition, more than 592,000 voters voted in person at their board of elections or designated vote center.

“Clearly our efforts to make absentee voting more accessible for all Ohio voters have worked,” Secretary Husted said. “More voters have cast absentee ballots in this election than in any other election since no-fault absentee voting began in 2006.”

Secretary Husted continues to encourage voters who have requested and received absentee ballots to get them returned. While the deadline to get ballots postmarked was Monday, voters may return their ballots in person to their board of elections up until the close of polls on Election Day. It is important to note that if a voter has requested an absentee ballot and decides instead to vote in person, they will be required to vote provisionally.

Polls are open on Election Day from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm.

For more information on voting in Ohio, visit

Additional Information
Voting in Ohio: By the Numbers (PDF)
County-by-County Breakdown (PDF) (Excel)

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