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. Ghette Jones

    Regarding republican attempts to shut down early voting the entire weekend B4 election day and the Supream Court said NO! What is it with these republican communist always tryna prevent some one from voting except white males property owners ? Umm I guess Lincoln better get outta that grave and come sit at the memorial .....again !

    October 17, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. JMorcan

    Hard times should bring voters out in droves. Ironically, there's no one to vote for. Neither of the candidates will fix the economy.

    October 17, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. trex

    .....Obama wins, the average smart American wins......................................Romney wins,........the average American BILLIONAIRE wins................

    October 17, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. Guest

    Lets just hope they base their vote on more than skin color this time.

    October 17, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. ny88

    ta111: I am also at ground zero. Perhaps the people you talk to are voting for Romney, but most of the people I've talked to on the phone are supporting President Obama. And I live in a very Republican part of the state. There are some who have said they support Romney, but not as many as I thought there would be in this area. In fact, compared to the calls I made in 2008, more are supporting President Obama then the Republican candidate. Most people around here liked Senator McCain. He was an honest and honorable man who was sincere in his beliefs. Even if you didn't agree with him, you had to respect him. That's just not true with Romney.

    His 180 degree between the Republican primaries and the Presidential primaries have not gone unnoticed around this part of Ohio. If I were a conservative Republican I would be very worried about him and his positions. His was Pro-choice when he needed the votes in liberal Mass. Then he was Pro-life when he needed the conservative votes in the Republican primaries. Last week he started to drift back toward the more liberal side of the issue when he was trying to garner women's votes.

    Who knows what this man really thinks and what he will do if he should win this election. My guess is he will take orders from the men who are trying to buy him this election. So I guess maybe we should find out what these men think since they would be the ones who would be running the country and making the decisions.

    October 17, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    More people need to vote. It is a shame that people don't encourage others to vote. Keeping people from voting isn't very American.

    October 17, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. ohio

    family member from ohio sent in absentee ballot yesterday-democrat straight down the ticket.
    we are hoping other Ohio residents follow.

    October 17, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  8. Keith

    Subverting Democracy is one of the favorite past times of incumbent politicians.

    October 17, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  9. Alois

    The only way that deadbeat obama can get reinstalled is to rig the elections and its proof with this action. Freeloader obama is too incompetent and corrupt to be in the positioin he is.The past 4 years are proof of his huge failures .

    October 17, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  10. lonnyb

    Why are social issues not a bigger part of every election cycle? 98% of people are not qualifies to understand economic plan, and even if we do there is no credible source for knowing the promised plan was implemented... A four year term does not make or break and economy. Economies are built over decades.... I want to see republicans win an election when a majority of the talk is about Gay Rights, Abortion, and Assault Weapons.... Explain with some actual reasons why (not from the Bible) gays cant get married. Or why the party that preaches smaller government wants to tell people how to live their social lives... These are topics average, everyday americans can understand....

    October 17, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  11. J.L.

    Republican voting for Obama this time. I can't trust Romney with his lies.

    October 17, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  12. Jeff2012

    Please Ohioans, vote for Romney. Obama had four years and got us no where.

    October 17, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. "Oust the House" in 2012, vote a straight Democratic ticket!

    If early voting turnout in Gwinnett county is GA is any indication, then early voting is a must, waited in line today for over an hour to vote!

    October 17, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  14. China?

    With 16 Trillion in debt and counting, Obama is selling the US to China. Romeny will stop this fiscal Trea son and help us to get our nation back. The debt Obama has strapped on us and the backs of our children will enslave us for many years to come. Vote for the Children and the Women who have suffered the most under Obama. Vote Romney.

    October 17, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  15. Ambrose Smith

    I remember the Republicans not wanting the motor voter law. Where people can register to vote at the DMV. Sheesh. What is wrong with you Republicans? I guess you hate democracy.

    October 17, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  16. ludvig

    Voted early for a straight Democratic ticket here in the Central Valley of Cal. Hopefully we'll get rid of the current teabagger Congressman we currently have.

    October 17, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  17. Anthony

    Romney will win Ohio. Too many Ohio voters that went for Obama in 08 are not this time. Glad though Ohio is not fooled again by fake promises!!!! Go Romney!!!

    October 17, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  18. edgyone

    If Romeny or any Republican wins, you lose. The GOP set a precedent when they vowed to make Obama a one term president, then stonewalled EVERY policy he made, if it works, guess what happens when a Republican is president. You think it is easy to get 60 votes in the senate? This country will go down in flames with each party trying to win the next election the day after the lose the previous one. They talk about Greece, Italy, they use the same political tactics that have sunk those countries. I want to vote for a person, not a party. The GOP is keeping me from doing that. The GOP must be punished for their behavior so that it does not become business as usual.

    October 17, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  19. JUSTINA AHME

    Obama will win. America is God's own country and truth prevails. People are fearing faulty machines on election day. Truth cannot be covered. If faulty machines are used on election day then America can not have the moral justification to fight for truth and justice in the World!!!

    October 18, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  20. Jm

    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.

    Republicans had maintained the state needed those final three days to organize and prepare for Election Day.

    What have they been doing the last 4 years?? How could 3 days make a difference??

    October 18, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  21. Steve

    Good for you Ohio.

    October 18, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  22. Mike Danahy

    The Republican party (and I use the word "party" loosely) has done everything to 1) make Obama's first term as challenging as possible. They have fought him on every issue and at every turn. They'd much rather talk about "birth certificates" than actually fixing our economy. The got their right wing supreme court to support their Super PAC's through Citizens United (yeah, right) and they've done everything to rig the election promoting voter suppression. They are a despicable lot and evil to the core. And they're still going to lose the election. The road to hell is paved with Republicans. GO OBAMA. GO OHIO!

    October 18, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  23. ClaudiaL

    Thank you, Ohio voters, for voting early for Obama. We must defeat the Republicans who blantantly trying to steal the election. They did it once and we must never let them do it again.

    October 18, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  24. Nawal

    Ohio is an example of what democracy is, Obama is democrat, prove it.

    October 18, 2012 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  25. Phill Hamm

    The Republican strategy is to use "money bombs." The weekend before the election, they want to saturate the air waves with ads. This way they don't have to do things like campaign, convince people, or even show up in the state. It's one of the strategies that was proven to work to get Tea Party candidates elected.

    Basically the strategy is to convince people on election day. As the saying goes, "...You can fool all of the people some of the time..."

    The democrat strategy has been to start ads and campaigns ASAP and keep it going until election day. Now with this early voting, the Republican Strategists in Ohio are seeing their strategy compromised.

    October 18, 2012 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
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