Ohio voters to receive absentee ballot applications by mail


Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced that this week more than six million applications to vote absentee in the upcoming Presidential Election will be mailed to Ohio voters, arriving in mailboxes shortly after Labor Day. 

“This mailing represents an unprecedented move toward uniformity, accessibility and fairness in Ohio’s elections process,” Secretary Husted said. “For the first time voters in all 88 counties will receive an application to vote by mail – turning their kitchen table into a voting booth.”
Voters need only to complete the personalized absentee ballot application by providing valid identification, date of birth and signature, and mail it back.  Their ballot will then be mailed to them.

National elections experts have noted that Ohio is the only state in the nation to send out absentee ballot applications to all registered voters, other than those states which vote exclusively by mail (currently Washington and Oregon).
Voters must complete and mail in their application by noon on Saturday, November 3, 2012. If they change their mind and go to the polls after having requested an absentee ballot, they will have to vote provisionally.
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