2018 General Election: Absentee Update


Nearly 911,000 absentee ballots requested, more than 42,000 absentee ballots cast.

COLUMBUS – Just days ahead of the November 6 General Election, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that as of Friday, October 12, an estimated 910,982 absentee ballots had been requested and 42,470 had been cast statewide. This includes more than 7,900 ballot requests from military and overseas voters, whose absentee ballots started going out on Saturday, September 22, of which nearly 1,200 have been cast. Ballots for all other voters started going out on October 10 and more than 41,000 have been cast by mail and in person.

2018 General Election By-the-Numbers

8,025,232 Ohioans are registered to vote.

910,982 voters have requested an absentee ballot by mail as of Friday.

Of those, 42,470 have been cast.

34,252 voters have requested and cast an absentee ballot in person as of Friday.

7,914 military & overseas voters have requested an absentee ballot as of Friday.

Of those, 1,176 have been cast.

At this same point during absentee voting in 2014, nearly 741,000 absentee ballots had been requested and more than 49,000 ballots had already been cast.

During the 2018 General Elections, 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, which voters can obtain additional information on by contacting their county board of elections.

Ohio voters have multiple options available to them to cast a ballot over a four week period that began October 10. A registered voter can cast an absentee ballot by mail or early in person, which gives them 24 hours a day to vote from home or nearly 200 hours to vote in person that includes weeknights and weekends, respectively. There is also Election Day, during which voters have 13 hours to cast a ballot at their neighborhood polling location. The voting schedule is accessible on the Secretary of State’s website.

The full, detailed and interactive 2018 elections calendar is available online.

For more information on the upcoming November 6 General Election or to download an absentee ballot request form, visit MyOhioVote.com.