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LaRose Announces Early and Absentee Voting Numbers for the 11th and 15th Congressional District Special Election Primary

COLUMBUS – Tomorrow is Election Day! 28,656 voters in the 11th Congressional District and 10,537 voters in the 15th Congressional District have cast their absentee ballot or voted early. This data includes all ballots received and processed through 2:00pm on Monday afternoon.

6,855 outstanding absentee ballots in the 11th congressional district and 1,359 outstanding absentee ballots in the 15th congressional district have not yet been returned to their county board of elections. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by today, August 2nd, or delivered to the voter’s respective county board of elections by 7:30pm on August 3rd. All absentee ballots received by the county board of elections by the close of polls on August 3rd will be included in the unofficial vote totals released on election night. Outstanding ballots that are postmarked by August 2nd and received by the county board of elections within 10 days after the election will be included in the final official results that are released upon the conclusion of the official canvass. Every properly cast ballot will be counted.

Ohio voters enjoy more hours for early in-person voting than voters in 43 other states. We are one of 20 states that offers voting on Saturdays and one of just five states that allow for voting on a Sunday.

“Ohio has a strong history of providing every opportunity for voters to make their voice heard,” said LaRose. “While turnout in special elections is historically challenging, we’re proud of the tens of thousands of voters who took advantage of these 27 days of early and absentee voting. A special thank you to all the poll workers and bipartisan election officials who have once again made early voting a winning experience for Ohio voters.”

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County-by-county data may be found by clicking here (XLSX).

Of the 42 states that run a traditional absentee voting system, a comprehensive review by the Brookings Institute determined no state does it better than Ohio. SOURCE: www.brookings.edu/research/voting-by-mail-in-a-pandemic-a-state-by-state-scorecard/.

Ohioans can learn more about absentee voting at VoteOhio.gov.

Absentee voting in Ohio is time-tested and has strong security checks in place.

  • Ohioans have utilized absentee voting for nearly two decades, and that has allowed Ohio to put in place both the laws and processes necessary to make absentee voting secure against fraud.
  • Voter identification and signature are checked TWICE during the process.
  • Voter list maintenance allows for accurate voter rolls.
  • Ballot harvesting is against the law in Ohio.
  • Voters are able to track their ballot on VoteOhio.gov/Track.

These requirements and processes, as well as strict laws against voter fraud, have made absentee voting secure in Ohio and instances of voter fraud exceedingly rare.

Unofficial results on election night will be available at LiveResults.OhioSoS.gov.

The most populous county of the districts will certify the official results no later than August 24, 2021. The Secretary of State will issue the certificates of nomination soon after that date.

The Special General Election for the 11th and 15th congressional districts will take place on November 2, 2021.

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