Absentee voting seeing large turnout

First Posted: 10/21/2014

COLUMBUS — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said that with two weeks to go, nearly 810,000 Ohioans have already cast or requested an absentee ballot for the Nov. 4 General Election.

Based on an informal survey of Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections, 773,241 voters requested absentee ballots to vote by mail. Of those, 238,330 absentee ballots by mail had been cast. Also, 33,545 Ohioans have cast an absentee ballot in person at the board of elections or designated early vote center, while 2,635 military and overseas voters have requested ballots with 563 of those already casting ballots.

Locally, the trend of large turnouts has matched the large statewide early vote. In Allen County, 3,189 ballots were requested, with 1,101 already cast. In Auglaize County, 2,081 were requested with 972 cast. There were another 1,664 requested in Putnam County with 663 cast.

Husted encouraged all other voters to take advantage of the many opportunities available to them to cast a ballot before Election Day.

“There’s no excuse for sitting on the sidelines this fall,” Husted said. “Our local county boards of elections are open and ready to assist you, no matter which method of voting you choose, just make sure you make plans and vote.”

Election boards began mailing absentee ballots at the start of the early voting period to those who made requests. Voters must complete, sign and seal their voted ballots and provide the required information, including proper identification.

Voted ballots must be postmarked the day before Election Day and received no later than the 10th day after the election. Absentee ballots may also be delivered in person to boards of elections no later than the close of the polls on Election Day. They may not be returned at polling locations.

Voters have until noon Nov. 1 to request an absentee ballot by mail. In addition to the statewide mailing, voters can also get an absentee ballot by contacting their county board of elections for information or by downloading an absentee ballot request form at http://MyOhioVote.com.

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