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Husted: Absentee ballot requests top 1 million

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COLUMBUS, OH (Toledo News Now) – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Tuesday Ohio's county boards of elections have received more than 1.1 million requests to vote by mail, including more than 13,000 requests for military and overseas ballots. In addition, more than 59,000 Ohio voters have already cast their ballots early at their local board of elections or designated absentee voting centers.

"Today marks 28 days before Election Day and Ohioans are already taking full advantage of the wide menu of options they have to vote in this election," Husted said. "The fact that nearly 1.2 million Ohioans have acted to be part of the early voting process clearly demonstrates how easy it is to vote in Ohio."

Information provided below is based on an informal survey of county boards of elections as of Oct. 5.

2012 General Election by the Numbers

  • 7.9 million Ohioans are currently registered to vote.
  • 1,120,682 absentee ballot applications to vote by mail have been received as of Oct. 5.
  • 13,100 military and overseas absentee ballots have been requested as of Oct. 5.
  • 59,353 Ohioans have already cast an absentee ballot in person.
  • Nearly 6.9 million absentee ballot applications were sent out to Ohio voters over the course of two statewide mailings. (Initial: 6,488,648; Supplemental: 394,094)
  • 92,900 voters and counting have updated their address online at www.MyOhioVote.com.

Tuesday marked the last day to register to vote or update voter registrations prior to the Nov. 6 election. All boards of elections and the Secretary of State's office were open until 9 p.m. to assist voters.

"We are off to a good start. I want to thank the 88 county boards of elections for their hard work to ensure voting is accessible, fair and secure in the Buckeye State," said Husted.

View a county-by-county breakdown of absentee voting in Ohio.

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