Nearly 83,000 more requests received ahead of 2016 Presidential Election than in 2012
COLUMBUS – Just 43 days ahead of the 2016 Presidential General Election, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that as of Saturday, September 24, 2016, approximately 805,844 absentee ballot applications have been received by county boards of elections statewide. This includes 13,204 requests from military and overseas voters whose absentee ballots began being mailed on Saturday, September 24th. Absentee ballots for all other voters will be mailed out starting October 12th.
“In Ohio, any voter can cast their ballot from the comfort of their own home and today’s numbers indicate a record number of Ohioans may take advantage of this convenience this year,” Secretary Husted said. “Being able to cast your ballot 24-hours a day, seven days a week for nearly four weeks is what makes Ohio among the easiest places in the country in which to have your voice heard.”
Absentee ballot applications must be received by boards of elections by noon on Saturday, November 5, 2016, but voters are encouraged to submit their request as soon as possible to ensure sufficient time to complete and return their ballot to the board of elections.
Completed absentee ballots must be postmarked by the day before the election and arrive at the board of elections within 10 days of Election Day in order to be counted. Ohio is only one of 12 states to allow late-arriving ballots to be counted.
If you have not mailed your ballot prior to election week, the Secretary of State’s Office recommends voters take their completed ballot to the post office and request it receive a postage cancellation marking, or return it personally to their county board of elections prior to the close of the polls at 7:30pm on Election Day.
To encourage voters to take advantage of absentee voting by mail, Secretary Husted recently mailed applications to registered voters. Additional information about the statewide mailing is available here. Voters who want to vote by mail may also download an absentee ballot request form at www.MyOhioVote.com.
At this same point ahead of the General Election in 2012, over 723,000 absentee ballots had been requested. That year marked the first-ever statewide mailing of absentee ballot applications and voters who took advantage of this option represented a third of all ballots cast in that election – a record 1.87 million absentee ballots were cast by mail and in-person.