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Early voting totals surge in Ohio

• Nov 6, 2018 at 8:44 PM

An estimated 1,491,762 absentee ballots had been requested and 1,313,844 had been cast statewide as of Monday — the last day for in-person absentee voting.

Those figures were provided Monday night by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

The totals include more than 9,700 ballot requests from military and overseas voters, whose absentee ballots started going out on Saturday, Sept. 22, of which more than 5,300 have been cast.

Ballots for all other voters started going out on Oct. 10 and more than 1.3 million have been cast by mail and in person.

In Huron County, 5,627 of the 36,414 registered voters cast absentee ballots, the election board reported tonight.

Outstanding absentee ballots must have been either be postmarked by Monday (and arrive at the board of elections’ office within 10 days of Election Day), or be returned in person to the county board of elections by the close of the polls today, to be eligible to be counted. Absentee ballots were not to be returned at polling locations today.

2018 General Election by the numbers:

• 8,070,917 Ohioans are registered to vote.

• 429,521 voters had requested and cast an absentee ballot in person as of Monday.

• 1,062,241 voters had requested an absentee ballot by mail as of Monday. Of those, 884,323 have been cast.

• 9,790 military and overseas voters had requested an absentee ballot as of Monday. Of those, 5,356 have been cast.

At this same point during absentee voting in 2014, nearly one million absentee ballots had been requested and more than 813,000 had been cast. In total, 846,562 absentee ballots were cast in the 2014 General Election, including 718,925 by mail and 145,637 in person.

In the 2010 General Election, 1,033,350 absentee ballots were cast, including 854,483 by mail and 183,104 in person. Voter turnout in 2014 was 3,149,876, and in 2010 was 3,956,045.

During the 2018 General Election, voters will decide a statewide ballot initiative, as well as races for both state and federal offices. There will also be 1,661 local issues (opens in a new window) across the state and a number of local races.

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