Ohio touts early voting numbers
October 17th, 2012
04:22 PM ET
1 year ago

Ohio touts early voting numbers

(CNN) – More than 1.4 million Ohio voters have either cast or requested an absentee ballot for the November election, Ohio's secretary of state Jon Husted announced Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state had to keep open its voting booths in the final three days–Saturday, Sunday, Monday–before Election Day, rejecting Republican-led attempts to try and force all counties to close their polling locations that same weekend.

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Democrats praised the decision, arguing the original law would have disproportionately affected Democratic voters. Republicans had maintained the state needed those final three days to organize and prepare for Election Day.

Voters in Ohio began casting ballots on October 2–or on September 22 for those in the military–as part of its early voting calendar.

Of those who have requested absentee ballots to vote by mail, roughly 22% have cast their ballot, including about 16% of military service members who have asked for ballots.

Meanwhile, about 124,000 Ohioans have cast an absentee ballot in person at the board of elections or a designated early vote center, Husted's office said.

His office also points out that the 7.9 million registered voters in Ohio have 264 total hours available for in-person voting before Election Day, including the final weekend.

– CNN's Ashley Killough and Miguel Marquez contributed to this report.

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Just vote for direct democratic ticket and Obama. The other guy will sell USA to China. True.

    October 17, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Ohio touts early voting numbers"

    So they get forced to open up early voting to everyone, not just the military they think they have an advantage with, and they then brag as if they've done something wonderful? This is no different than opposing the Stimulus then requesting the money and then trying to take credit for the jobs it created in your state. The doublethink is strong with this one.

    October 17, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. mcskadittle

    now everyone in Ohio has the same chance to vote early, this is a victory against republicans who are trying to rig the election

    October 17, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Frank

    Obama will win the election. We all know this. Obama is not winning because he is the best President in the world. Obama is winning because Romney is not the right man for America.

    October 17, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. JEN

    Yeah Ohio. Please vote for Obama. He IS the right man for the job!!!!

    October 17, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. truth hurts

    Maybe we can extend elections to run a full year? That way everybody can get to vote several dozen times in several cities and states and change their mind if they want to? The process is getting totally out of control and that is exactly how the leftists want it. You can then very easily steal an election when chaos rules.

    October 17, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. mary

    Fair is fair for all Ohioans – military or non-military. This is how a democracy should work which other countries try to emmulate. Thanks to the court for doing what your job requires you to do. Be fair to all based on facts.

    October 17, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Sarah

    I was wondering why Ann Romney (and I think one of the sons) was sitting in a special section behind the questioners in last night's debate? She stated in one of her interviews that MItt has to see her during debates so she can send him encouraging smiles and gestures. If he gets elected President how will he ever make it through a crisis if he can't make it through a debate – will she be in the situaton room?

    October 17, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    The ONLY time I can think of when it's ok to congratulate and applaud someone for doing something they absolutely refused to do but finally did it after you had to force them to do it?

    Potty training.

    The GOP/Teatrolls are freekin toddlers.

    October 17, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. nlgatewood

    lol, I don't see how opening voting up to more people is a bad thing...the opinion of the people voting early is just as valuable as yours. Just that early voters tend to lean left, and you might not agree with them, doesn't mean early voting is somehow a "leftiest plot"..give me a break

    October 17, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Vote straight Democrat so that the President can finish the job without filibusters and the likes of lyan altar boy getting in the way of our future.

    October 17, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. BLKMANinAmerica

    Interesting that will all of attempts at VOTER prevention, repuks seem to lose the court battles. Hummmmmmmmm, but they (repuks) still try and prevent Americans from voting. Makes you wonder are there any repuks that love America and what America is about?

    October 17, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. ta111

    Actually there are alot of ignorant fools on this thread. Romney will win OH-I am here at ground zero. In 08 obama won Ohio because he had a huge absentee advantage. He doesn't have that this time. there are ALOT of former obama voters voting for Romney this time.

    October 17, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. nina

    it doesn't even make sense to request that early voting be taken away to 'get ready for election day'???? if pple are able to vote early, b4 Nov 6th....then actually Nov 6th voting day should be less busy. Clearly a ruse from the repubs to reduce voting in their benefit. you would think anyone running for the highest office in the land would promote voting, especially early voting to alleviate mass crowds and allow flexibilty for families, seniors, people who work and others who may require aide in getting to their polling station. It absolutely makes no sense to reduce voting time! Good job supreme court!!!

    October 17, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. chilly g

    its very important that the president win reelection, the republicans has done everything they could to wrek the economy and then said this is what you get for give him the job. the republicans only care about defeating the
    president at all cost but it want happen,obama will win and i will celebrite.

    October 17, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. lnd72

    Republicans did this because they thought it would improve their outcome. Does anyone really believe Democrats wouldn't have done exactly the same thing if roles were reversed? Of course not!

    It's like Obama telling defense contractors to disobey the law by not warning employees of coming layoffs before election day. It's not good for him politically, so he breaks the law.

    October 17, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. LacrosseMom

    WOW! Way to go OHIO!!!

    OHIO FOR OBAMA!

    October 17, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. cthrurlies

    Romney yaps about the deficit, when he ripped the government off for 10 million dollars in bail out money for Bain capital. The FDIC-run bank was due $30.6m from Bain & Co. If the consulting firm went into bankruptcy, the bank could expect as little as $3m, since consulting firms have few tangible assets (office equipment and the like) to sell in a bankruptcy. Because Bain & Company's odd agreements with the bank would allow the firm to pay out bonuses before creditors could grab its assets, the Bain people (led by Mr. Romney) were holding all the cards. Indeed, Mr. Romney made good on his threat: senior executives at Bain & Company did start getting big bonuses as the negotiations were ongoing in the early 1990s. In the end, says Mr. Dickinson, "The FDIC agreed to accept nearly $5 million in cash to retire $15 million in Bain's debt—an immediate government bailout of $10 million." http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2012/08/mitt-romney-an.... This guy is a snake oil salesman. Mr. “I’m a business man “ faced bankruptcy and used our tax money to stay afloat.

    October 17, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. Ohio Indy for Obama

    ta111 – well, here's one former Obama voter in Ohio who just mailed her absentee ballot back in this morning – Obama and the Dems straight down the ballot!! Of course, I'm not totally confident that Husted's office will record the ballot accurately.

    October 17, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. bill bennett

    Why on God's earth would anyone NOT want others to vote...unless they are afraid of the outcome!!! Is this the only way Romney can win?

    October 17, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Name w.bullock

    I let people are keep support obama 2012
    I am belived what happened about 2012 2016 so people will be sorry what happened about 2012 2016

    October 17, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Truth hurts is a gop bafoon party stooge ,vote Obama and you might get a job !!!!

    October 17, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Name

    100% of all USA citizen must vote for president Obama.

    October 17, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. JustAO

    Just vote Democrats down ticket. GOP conservatives in congress will sink our economy again like they did in Great Depression, S&L scandal, and Great Recession. There policies stagnate/shrink worker wages, gut worker rights, discriminate against minorities and people of color, shrink the middle class, and cause financial collapses; AND WE HAVE HISTORICAL RECORD KEEPING TO PROVE THIS.

    October 17, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  25. John Lankford

    President Obama is a good President. he looked more like the Commander-in-Chief last night. He looked like the guy that got Bin Laden. I think he embarrassed Mitt Romney on Libya and with that closing statement. The GOP was bragging but now they are crying in the aftermath. Romney got whopped last night. President Obama had him on the defensive alnight. I don't know why they are picking on the Moderator? Take on the president like a man Mitt.

    October 17, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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