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Secretary Husted Announces More Than 144,000 Absentee Ballot Applications Received

COLUMBUS – Just 21 days ahead of the November 7th General Election, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced that an estimated 144,555 absentee ballots have been requested statewide. This includes 931 requests from military and overseas voters whose absentee ballots started going out on Saturday, September 23rd. Ballots for all other voters started going out on October 11th and a total of 11,125 have been cast by mail and in-person.

November 7th General Election By-the-Numbers

  • 7,900,751 Ohioans are registered to vote.
  • 144,555 voters have requested an absentee ballot by mail (as of Friday, October 13th).
  • Of those, 11,125 have been cast.
  • 9,316 voters have requested and cast an absentee ballot in person (as of Friday, October 13th).
  • 931 military & overseas voters have requested an absentee ballot (as of Friday, October 13th).
  • Of those, 118 have been cast.

To request an absentee ballot by mail, applications must be received by boards of elections by noon on Saturday, November 4, 2017, however, 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 after Election Day in order to be counted.

If a voter has not mailed their completed ballot back to their county board of elections more than a week before Election Day, 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 to their county board of elections prior to the close of the polls at 7:30pm on Election Day.

For more information on the upcoming November 7th General Election or to download an absentee ballot request form, visit

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