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Secretary Husted Announces Early Voting Numbers

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that 171,954 absentee ballots were requested by mail and in person for the May 8 Primary Election by the close of business Friday. Thus far, 63,253 Ohio voters have cast their ballots.

Based on an informal survey of Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections, as of Friday, April 20, 2018:

  • 171,954 absentee ballot applications received statewide
  • 151,680 have been requested by mail
  • 20,274 have been requested in person
  • 63,253 absentee ballots have been cast
  • 42,979 absentee ballots cast by mail
  • 20,274 absentee ballots cast in person
  • 108,701 absentee ballots outstanding

At this same point during absentee voting in 2014, more than 155,000 absentee ballots had been requested and over 73,000 ballots had already been cast.

The unofficial data collected through the informal board of elections survey also shows the number of absentee ballots requested and cast by ballot type.

  • 92,579 Democratic Ballots Requested
  • 24,542 have been cast by mail
  • 10,502 have been cast in person
  • 355 Green Ballots Requested
  • 66 have been cast by mail
  • 48 have been cast in person
  • 68,155 Republican Ballots Requested
  • 15,398 have been cast by mail
  • 8,943 have been cast in person
  • 10,865 Non-Partisan Ballots Requested
  • 2,973 have been cast by mail
  • 781 have been cast in person

During the 2018 Primary Election, voters will decide a statewide ballot issue, a number of state and local races, as well as a total of 477 local issues across 83 counties. You can view the list of candidates for statewide, congressional, state legislative, and court of appeals offices online at Information on local contests is available by contacting the county board of elections.

Ohio voters have multiple options available to them to cast a ballot over a four week period that began April 10. A registered voter can cast an absentee ballot by mail or early in person, which gives them 24 hours a day to vote from home or nearly 200 hours to vote in person that includes weeknights and weekends, respectively. There is also Election Day, during which voters have 13 hours to cast a ballot at their neighborhood polling location. The voting schedule is accessible on the Secretary of State’s website.

The full, detailed and interactive 2018 elections calendar is available online.

To ensure voters in Ohio have a positive experience, Secretary Husted established the Voter Toolkit – an online, 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.

Additional Information:
Absentee Ballot County-by-County Breakdown

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