Early voting numbers

By Frank Lewis - [email protected]

Three weeks from Election Day, and the Scioto County Board of Elections Director Julia Gearheart says there have been 84 in-office voters, 546 mail out voters, 9 hand carried ballots and 20 UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) voters.

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 on Friday, and 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, Feb. 19, 2016: 151,697 absentee ballot applications have been received statewide; 10,104 absentee ballots have been cast; 1,621 absentee ballots cast by mail; 8,483 absentee ballots have been cast in-person and 141,593 absentee ballots are outstanding.

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. Threre are 465 local issues in 82 counties that will also be decided.

Ohio voters have the option to vote by mail from home 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 211 hours to vote early in-person over a four week absentee voting period, which began on Feb. 17.

By Frank Lewis

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Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.