Over 1 million early votes cast so far in Ohio
November 3rd, 2012
07:11 PM ET
1 year ago

Over 1 million early votes cast so far in Ohio

(CNN) - Just days away from Election Day, a significant number of Ohioans have already cast ballots, a state official said Saturday.

Secretary of State Jon Husted said 1.6 million people in the critical swing state have cast ballots through Friday, when four days remained in the race.

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Over 1 million of those were absentee ballots mailed to voters, while 495,000 were votes cast during in-person early voting hours. The absentee ballots returned represent approximately 85% of those mailed out to voters.

"Voting has gone smoothly in Ohio and we expect that trend to continue through the close of the polls on Election Day," Husted said in a statement from his office. "As voters continue to take advantage of the hours remaining to vote absentee in person and by mail, absentee voting for the 2012 is on track to surpass 2008."

That year, 1.4 million people voted early of the 5.6 million ballots cast, according to data collected by researchers at George Mason University. President Barack Obama won the state by five points.

A Friday CNN/ORC International Poll found Obama at 50% and Romney at 47% in the Buckeye State, a difference within the poll's sampling error.

President Barack Obama's campaign won an injunction in state court this fall to keep the polls open the weekend and Monday before Election Day, halting a new state law which would have shut down early in-person voting for most Ohioans.

The most early ballots so far this year have been cast out of Cuyahoga County, the Secretary of State's Office said, which includes Cleveland and is a Democratic stronghold.


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. g

    romney would be the last american president if elected

    November 3, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  2. g

    romney would be the last american president if elected, off shore invest ment,and banking, he lies like a man on a mission a payback for the treatment of his people and joseph smith and brigham young

    November 3, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  3. Bye Bye Mitt Witt

    This is the beginning of the end. Take the long way home Mitt.. enjoy the secret service a little longer.. maybe act like you have been shot at to make them earn their money. Yeah, it was a good run.. right up until you started proving all your past opponents right and started flip flopping like a fish out of water and then decided your best option was to try and lie your way out... I guess those republicans are mad about their vote in the primary too. LOL

    November 3, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. 110,000,000 Reasons NOT to Vote Romney

    I lived in Ohio for seven years (Lima and Cincinnati). I am confident the good people I met there will realize that dismissing 110,000,000 Americans as worthless disqualifies Romney as a candidate for president.

    I'm voting for President Obama. He represents EVERYONE ( even the 1%!).

    November 3, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Bomb threats at voter stations in FL, power outages at voting sites in Ohio. Sure sounds like republican shenanigans again to me. Oh, and there is also this:

    Mitt and Ann Romney were notified today that they have been charged of ethics violations.

    Remember... this is not a criminal (jail) or civil (probably settlement) charge. It is ethical, which at minimum would discredit his corporations (he'd then dissolve them) and probably end in a fine or settlement which would only be a fraction of the actual profit. Depending on how this shook out, criminal charges of fraud (based on the viability of the company vs the 12.9b payout) might follow. That would mean jail. If he were president, he would prob be impeached and removed from office giving us President Ryan.

    November 3, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. George

    So time to vote and lets keep life of the unborn and the born foremost as well as keeping our freedoms under our Constituion and Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence as given to us by God our creator. And pray and vote this failed Presidents ideas out of office. Since he is against America and the American people. And has marxist ideas instead. Sincerely ;

    November 3, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  7. becky

    This should tell the campaigns that this whole election has gone too long. The long drawn out primaries and the early start to the actual campaign just is ridiculous. We need to make some changes in the process. The internet and the media have made it much easier for candidates to be seen and heard. We are not relegated to the news coming by rail or by sea. We get instant updates. It should not be necessary to candidates to return time and time again to some states without every visiting others. Every voter should be important. We have so many people involved in these campaigns that we hardly have a chance to digest what someone says.

    This was by far the dirtiest campaign I have witnessed in my many years. During the late 50's and 60's integration and then the VietNam War caused huge problems. Even the shenanigans of those affiliated with the the Nixon campaign do not match the absolutely dirty state of affairs today. When a candidate's wife is shown to have made a gesture at the President as reported by the news then we have gone too far. Unfortunately, the media has protected people instead of telling it like it is. This will be their legacy and will show us all that the media needs to change as well.

    November 3, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  8. ducky657

    I went to the Delaware County early voting location and I can assure you most of the voters were casting their votes for Mitt Romney. We are the suburbs that the President counted on four years ago and he will hear from us on Tuesday. See Ya Yellow Stripe!

    November 3, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  9. joe arena

    How can anyone possibly argue that we should limit (early) voting? Our democracy is based on peoples' choices. We should do all we can to INCREASE voting opportunities (online perhaps?). How can these Republicans justify trying to limit anyone's right to vote ?

    November 3, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  10. GrogInOhio

    "Secretary of State Jon Husted said 1.6 million people"... despite his best efforts to suppress them!

    November 3, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. Expat American

    Have the Republicans started their voter suppression strategy yet – since their attempt to eliminate early voting failed?

    November 3, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. Mark

    Please Ohio! Don't vote for Obama...he's NO good for America....as you should have seen the last four years... Please save our country.. Romney at least cares about the well being of America. Please Ohio vote for Romney... And save America!!! God bless you and America..

    November 3, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. Kimberly Austin-Routhier

    Over 33,000 people in the Cleveland area have been without power since midnight on Monday. Why isn't anyone talking about all of the people in and around Clevelnd, Ohio without power. They can't vote. They are freezing. My 61yr. old sister, that lives alone had to leave her house for a hotel, and then had to leave the room she had to make room for people coming in from New York. Why can't they get power on around Cleveland, yet they can restore it to Manhatten? They haven't had the impact from Sandy that New York and New Jersey has, yet they don't have power. What is going on??

    November 3, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. cayitatoo79

    Way to go Ohio....Obama is the one that is turning things around...and will continue to work for the middle class!!

    November 3, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  15. Gerry Rempel

    Alright Ohio, take it all the way home. Its getting out of reach for Karl Rove and his voting machine hackers

    November 3, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  16. peety

    Why isn't the latest news about Romney front page? He profited from the aouto bailout while claiming to be against it.What's going on here.Is the media trying to cover this up?

    November 3, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  17. Name

    Go Cleveland go!!!

    November 3, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  18. TheoristKEH

    Let the games begin. Very soon we'll see which contender will receive Ohio's blessings.

    November 4, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  19. fernace

    The 1 troublesome issue, besides GOT-Party attempts at supression, is the fact that the e-voting machines, used in Ohio, are owned & supported by Tagg, his parents, his dad's supporters & cronies from Bain! I apparently know nothing, these days, because I would think this was against the law! I thought being a tax evader was, too! The most amazing part is 99%ers who actually support the R/R ticket, against their own wellbeing & interests! Obama has been/is doing great things for us & our nation; we're moving Forward! Let's keep our eye on that path!! Obama, Next 4!!

    November 4, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  20. LIP

    and if they have the sense that God gave them, then they voted for Romney. People, we simply cannot afford four more years of President Obama. He tried, but failed and now more than ever before, it is time to move on and elect a President that has the necessary experience to get the job done.

    November 4, 2012 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  21. Sniffit

    Cynicism will not win

    November 4, 2012 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  22. Mike7

    If Obama wins his election, it will be my childen and their grandchilden that pay the ultimate price. OUR KIDS DON"T DESERVE THIS, Vote Obama the worst president in 20 years out!!!

    Vote for Romney and help save our country, so your decendants will have an America to call home.

    November 4, 2012 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  23. Griff.

    "There are no Democratic Strongholds this time in Ohio. It's up for Grabs!

    November 4, 2012 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  24. An Observer

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if the republicans supported democracy as much as they support voter suppression? Would it be fair to label republicans undemocratic and unpatriotic?

    November 4, 2012 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  25. smirth

    Obama's four more year's

    November 4, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
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