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Secretary Husted Announces Early Voting Numbers

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One day before the Presidential Primary Election, over a half million ballots requested, over 417,000 Ohioans have already voted

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that 500,544 absentee ballots were requested by-mail and in-person for the March 15th Presidential Primary Election. By the close of early voting at 2:00 P.M. today, 417,537 voters had already cast their ballots.

Based on an informal survey of Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections on Monday, March 14, 2016:

  • 500,544 absentee ballot applications received statewide
  • 417,537 absentee ballots have been cast
    • 255,307 absentee ballots cast by mail
    • 162,230 absentee ballots cast in-person
  • 83,007 absentee ballots outstanding

The same survey shows the following partisan breakdown of the ballots:

Number of BallotsDescription



Democrat (requested)


Democrat (cast)


Republican (requested)


Republican (cast)


Green Party (requested)


Green Party (cast)


Issues-Only, Nonpartisan (requested)


Issues-Only, Nonpartisan (cast)

In total, 335,542 voters cast their ballots early during the 2012 Presidential Primary Election and 557,686 did so during the 2008 Presidential Primary.

In addition to the Presidential Primary, Ohioans will nominate candidates for the United States Senate, the Ohio Supreme Court, Congress, the state legislature and many local races. There will be 465 local issues in 82 counties. A complete list of Presidential and statewide candidates is available here and a list of local issues is available here.

Ohioans who did not vote early will be able to cast their vote tomorrow, March 15th, from 6:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. at one of over 8,800 precincts statewide. Voters who have requested an absentee ballot by-mail and have not returned it may hand-deliver it to their county board of elections by 7:30 P.M. tomorrow.

The online Voter Toolkit is a one-stop location for all necessary voting information. Ohio voters can visit to check their voter registration status, find their polling location, view their sample ballot and track their absentee ballot.

In the first five years of Secretary Husted’s administration, 98.95 percent of absentee ballots were accepted, an improvement of 1.22 percent over the four years of the previous administration.

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

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