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Secretary Husted Announces More Than 957,000 Absentee Ballot Applications Received

35,061 more requests have been received for 2016 General Election compared to same point ahead of 2012 General Election.

COLUMBUS – Just 36 days ahead of the 2016 Presidential General Election, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that as of Friday, September 30th, an estimated 957,260 absentee ballot applications had been received by county boards of elections statewide. This includes 14,832 requests from military and overseas voters, whose absentee ballots started going out on Saturday, September 24th. Of those ballots, 247 have already been returned. Ballots for all other voters will be mailed out starting October 12th.

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.

To encourage voters to take advantage of absentee voting by mail Secretary Husted recently mailed applications to 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

At this same point in time ahead of the start of absentee voting in 2012, approximately 922,199 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.

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