Posted: November 6, 2012
Record Absentee Voting in Ohio
Initial reports from Ohio counties show a record number -- 1.1 million -- of absentee ballots have already been cast this election. This is not a surprise, given that the Ohio Secretary of State chose to send all registered voters an absentee ballot application this year, and 1.3 million voters chose to apply. The record is also consistent with the increasing interest voters around the country are showing in early and absentee voting. Meanwhile, Ohio law permits absentee ballots to continue to come in through the 10th day after Election Day, as long as they were postmarked by yesterday. However, not all of these ballots will necessarily be counted, as absentee ballots are more prone to errors that prevent election officials from determining their eligibility.