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Election Advisory: Absentee Ballots Requested for Eighth Special Congressional General Election

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that two weeks ahead of the June 7th Special General Election for the Eighth Congressional District, 1,894 voters have requested absentee ballots and 1,050 ballots have been cast.

June 7, 2016 Special Congressional General Election by the Numbers (as of May 23, 2016)

  • 1,894 – Number of absentee ballot applications received as of Friday.
  • 1,050 – Number of absentee ballots cast.
    • 531 – Absentee ballots cast in person.
    • 519 – Absentee ballots cast by mail.

The United States Constitution, as well as Section 3521.03 of the Ohio Revised Code, requires a special election be held to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Congress. The Governor of the state where the vacancy occurred is empowered to set the dates of the special primary and general elections. Secretary Husted, in his official capacity as the state’s chief elections officer, set the calendar and deadlines within those elections. The Southwest Ohio seat was vacated by United States House Speaker, Representative John Boehner (R–Ohio).

The winner of the Special General Election will serve the remainder of Speaker Boehner’s term which concludes at the end of 2016.

The Eighth Congressional district is composed of Butler, Clark, Darke, Mercer, Miami and Preble Counties. A congressional district map can be found here.

A full, detailed and interactive election calendar for the Special Congressional General Election is available here.

Absentee Voting by Mail and In-Person
Absentee voting for all eligible Ohio voters started on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 (first day after the close of registration) via in-person and by mail-in absentee ballot. For more information, visit MyOhioVote.com.

Secretary Husted has established uniform hours for in-person absentee voting to ensure all voters have fair and equal access to the ballot. Eligible voters can vote over the course of four weeks, including the weekend before Election Day.

A detailed voting schedule is available here.

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

Online Voter Toolkit

Military & Overseas Voting
Ballots for military and overseas voters became available on April 23rd. Military voters who have not yet registered to vote or 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, register to vote and 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.  Here 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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