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Secretary Husted Releases Final Round of Early Voting Numbers Ahead of Election Day

COLUMBUS – On the eve of Election Day for the May 8 Primary Election, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that 300,765 absentee ballots had been requested through 2:00 pm today. Thus far, 260,443 Ohio voters have cast their ballots.

Based on an informal survey of Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections, as of Monday, May 7, 2018:

  • 300,765 absentee ballot applications received statewide
    • 205,419 have been requested by mail
    • 95,346 have been requested in person
  • 260,443 absentee ballots have been cast
    • 165,097 absentee ballots cast by mail
    • 95,346 absentee ballots cast in person
  • 40,322 absentee ballots outstanding

At this same point during absentee voting in 2014, nearly 254,000 absentee ballots had been requested and nearly 202,000 ballots had 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.

  • 153,844 Democratic Ballots Requested
    • 85,039 have been cast by mail
    • 47,589 have been cast in person
  • 550 Green Ballots Requested
    • 268 have been cast by mail
    • 146 have been cast in person
  • 128,709 Republican Ballots Requested
    • 69,430 have been cast by mail
    • 43,936 have been cast in person
  • 17,662 Non-Partisan Ballots Requested
    • 10,360 have been cast by mail
    • 3,675 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 479 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.

Tomorrow is Election Day and the polls will be open from 6:30am to 7:30pm. Voters need to bring the proper form of ID and know their polling place and precinct. Voters can check their polling place and precinct, and get other important voting information by visiting

Voters who received a mail-in absentee ballot must either get it postmarked and in the mail today, or drop it off at their county board of elections by 7:30pm tomorrow. Completed mail-in absentee ballots cannot be returned at polling locations. To make sure their ballots are counted, voters need to complete, sign and seal their voted ballots, taking care to provide the required information, including proper identification.

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
2018 Elections Calendar

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