COLUMBUS – Three weeks from Election Day, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that 151,697 absentee ballots were requested by-mail and in-person for the March 15 Presidential Primary Election by the close of business Friday. A total of 10,104 Ohio voters have already cast their ballots.
Based on an informal survey of Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections, as of Friday, February 19, 2016:
• 151,697 absentee ballot applications received statewide
• 10,104 absentee ballots have been cast
• 1,621 absentee ballots cast by mail.
• 8,483 absentee ballots cast in-person.
• 141,593 absentee ballots outstanding
In Shelby County, 263 absentee ballot applications have been received by mail. Three absentee ballots have been cast by mail. A total of 54 people requested a ballot and voted in person at the board of elections. Eight military and oversees ballots have been requested. One ballot has been cast by mail while another ballot has been cast in person.
In Auglaize County, 205 absentee ballot applications have been received via the mail. Seventeen people requested a ballot and cast their vote in person at the Auglaize County Board of Elections. Nine military and overseas ballots have requested and two ballots have been received in the mail.
In Darke County, 320 ballots applications have been received in the mail. Sixty people cast an in-person ballot. The office has received 14 military and overseas absentee ballot applications.
In Logan County, 313 ballot applications have been received in the mail. Seven ballots have been cast by mail. A total of 78 people have requested a ballot and voted in person at the board office. Two military and overseas absentee ballot applications have been received.
In Miami County, 601 ballot applications have been received in the mail. Nine ballots have been cast by mail. A total of 135 people requested ballots in person and voted at the board of elections. There have been 31 requests for military and overseas ballots. Three people have cast military and oveerseas ballots by mail.
In total, 335,542 voters cast absentee ballots during the 2012 Presidential Primary Election. During the 2008 Presidential Primary Election, 557,686 voters cast absentee ballots.
In addition to the Presidential Primary, Ohioans will nominate candidates for the United States Senate, the Ohio Supreme Court, Congress, the state legislature and many local races. 465 local issues in 82 counties will also be decided.
Ohio voters have the option to vote by mail from home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 211 hours to vote early in-person over a four week absentee voting period, which began on Feb. 17.
The online Voter Toolkit is a one-stop location for all necessary voting information. Ohio voters can visit MyOhioVote.com/VoterToolkit to check their voter registration status, find their polling location, view their sample ballot and track their absentee ballot.
In the first five years of Secretary Husted’s administration, 98.95 of absentee ballots were accepted, an improvement of 1.22 percent over the 4 years of the previous administration.