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Election Advisory: Election Day is One Week Away

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Election Advisory: Election Day is One Week Away
More than 328,000 Ohio voters have requested absentee ballots

COLUMBUS – Emphasizing the importance of an engaged and educated electorate, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today reminded voters that the November 2015 General Election is just one week away. Voters may request an absentee ballot until noon on Saturday, October 31st. Early, in-person voting is also available through Monday, November 2nd. See the uniform, statewide early voting hours here.

As of October 23, 2015, more than 328,000 voters had already requested an absentee ballot with more than 148,000 of those having been cast.

2015 General Election by the Numbers (As of October 23, 2015)

  • 328,385 – Number of absentee ballot applications received as of Friday.
  • 148,550 – Number of absentee ballots cast.
    • 54,634 – Absentee ballots cast in person.
    • 93,916 – Absentee ballots cast by mail.
  • 179,835 – Number of outstanding absentee ballots.

 

In total, 332,543 voters cast absentee ballots in 2013 and 680,656 did so in 2011. There were no statewide questions on the ballot in 2013.

Know What is On the Ballot:
Secretary Husted recently announced the launch of an online resource for the three statewide issues appearing on the November ballot. 

In addition to the three statewide issues on the ballot this November, voters will also decide 1,736 local issues, including levies for police and fire services as well as school funding and other issues.

Voters can also view the new, online Voter Toolkit resources on the Secretary of State’s website in order to prepare for casting a ballot. By visiting MyOhioVote.com/VoterToolkit, they can view their sample ballot, find their polling location and view other helpful resources.

Voter Toolkid

In-Person Absentee Voting
Secretary Husted has established uniform hours for in-person absentee voting, which began for all Ohio voters on October 6th. Directive 2015-17 ensures all voters have fair and equal access to the ballot during the 2015 General Election, including the Saturday and a Sunday before Election Day.

Absentee Voting by Mail
Boards began mailing absentee ballots at the start of the early voting period to those who requested them. Voters must complete, sign and seal their voted ballots, taking care to provide the required information, including proper identification. Voted ballots must be postmarked the day before Election Day and received no later than the 10th day after the election (November 13, 2015). Absentee ballots may also be delivered in person to boards of elections no later than the close of the polls on Election Day. They may not be returned at polling locations.

Voters have until Saturday, October 31st at noon to request an absentee ballot by mail, though they should do it as soon as possible to allow for plenty of time to receive, complete and return their ballot. In addition to the statewide mailing, voters can also get an absentee ballot by contacting their county board of elections for more information, or by downloading an absentee ballot request form at MyOhioVote.com.

Military & Overseas Voting
Ballots for military and overseas voters became available on September 19th. Military and overseas voters who have not yet submitted a request for an absentee ballot may still do so by visiting OhioMilitaryVotes.com or OhioVoterPassport.com for overseas voters. There they can download the Federal Post Card Application, request an absentee ballot, read through frequently asked questions, track the status of their mailed ballot and sign up for election reminders via email and social media. All voters can also contact their county board of elections directly for more information.

Get Election Updates and Ohio’s Virtual Voting Sticker
All voters are encouraged to connect with “OhioSOSHusted” on Facebook and Twitter to get election information and updates throughout the year.  There they can also get a virtual voting sticker badge to let their friends and followers know they’ve participated in the General Election. 

Additional Information
Absentee Ballot County-by-County Breakdown

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For more information, please contact Joshua Eck at (614) 466-2729

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