COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that 328,620 absentee ballots were requested by-mail and in-person for the March 15 Presidential Primary Election by the close of business Friday, and 173,497 voters had already cast their ballots.
Based on an informal survey of Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections on Friday, March 4:
- 328,620 absentee ballot applications received statewide
- 173,497 absentee ballots have been cast
- 122,255 absentee ballots cast by mail.
- 51,242 absentee ballots cast in-person.
- 155,123 absentee ballots outstanding
The same survey shows the following partisan breakdown of the ballots:
- Democrat (requested) 149,296
- Democrat (cast) 84,824
- Republican (requested) 167,697
- Republican (cast) 84,446
- Green Party (requested) 297
- Green Party (cast) 145
- Issues-Only, Nonpartisan (requested)11,330
- Issues-Only, Nonpartisan (cast) 4,082
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. There will be 465 local issues in 82 counties.
Ohio voters have the option to vote by mail from home 24 hours a day, seven days a week as well as 211 hours to vote early in-person over a four week absentee voting period, which began on February 17.