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Columbus: More than 800,000 Ohioans have voted

5:46 PM, Oct 24, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS -- With Election Day less than two weeks away, more than 1.6 million Ohioans have either cast or asked for an absentee ballot, according to Secretary of State Jon Husted.

"Whether by mail, or in person, Ohioans are turning out to vote," Secretary Husted said.

With Ohio as the epicenter of a neck-and-neck Presidential race, the handling of elections will be under a national microscope.

"Not only is the 2012 election running smoothly so far, but every voter has the same level of access, thanks to work we've done to ensure uniformity in how Ohio elections are run," Husted added.

Voters choosing to vote by mail have until Saturday, Nov. 3 at noon to ask for an absentee ballot from their boards of elections.

Husted noted that voters who already got an absentee ballot have a few weeks to get them in.

Completed ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Monday, Nov. 5 or dropped off in person to the board of elections by the close of polls on Election Day.

if a voter has requested an absentee ballot by mail and then decided to vote in person, they will be required to cast a provisional ballot to ensure there is only one ballot per voter.

Check the day-by-day hours for early voting through Nov. 5 at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

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More information about absentee voting is available at

By the numbers

  • 7.9 million Ohioas are registered to vote.
  • Almost 6.9 million absentee ballot applications were sent out as of Friday, Oct. 19
  • 1,427,805 voters have requested by-mail ballots.
  • Of those, 618,861 absentee ballots are already cast
  • 18,681 military and overseas voters have requested ballots
  • 5,176 military and overseas ballots have been cast
  • 189,190 Ohioans have cast in-person early voted at boards of election or designated early vote centers.


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