COLUMBUS – The August 2, 2022 Primary/Special Election is now less than a week away. Today, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced that 92,888 absentee ballots have been requested by-mail or in-person for the state legislative and executive committee races and that 67,218 votes have been cast statewide in those same races.
Information for this analysis was collected by the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office from Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections, detailing early voting activity from Monday, July 18 through the end of early voting hours on Friday, July 22.
"Ohio is a national leader in making voting accessible and convenient, all the while maintaining security throughout the process and delivering accurate, audited results," said Secretary LaRose. "Whether Ohioans choose to vote early in-person, by mail-in absentee ballot, or at their polling location on Election Day, each of these options makes participating in our democratic process easy and inclusive."
The Secretary added, "It is also important to note that anyone who wishes to vote by absentee should request their ballot today to ensure their vote will be processed and counted in time for this important election."
Ohio voters will find the following races on their August 2 primary ballot:
- Ohio House of Representatives
- Ohio Senate
- Democrat/Republican State Central Committee
- Local issues and measures impacting their communities
This election season, Ohio voters will enjoy nearly 200 hours of early voting in the time leading up to the August 2 primary. Ohio is one of 18 states that allows voting on a Saturday and one of just six states that allows early voting on a Sunday. Ohio’s early voting period is 21% longer than the national average.
Voters may also choose to vote by mail. Learn how to request your absentee ballot at VoteOhio.gov.
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/.
Absentee voting in Ohio is time-tested and has strong security checks in place.
Ohioans have utilized absentee voting for two decades, and that has allowed Ohio to put in place the safeguards 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. Learn more about how Ohio keeps our elections secure by visiting ElectionSecurity.Ohio.gov.
Voters should consider these best practices when they choose the absentee ballot option:
- Fill in the information properly. Review the form to ensure you have filled it out properly, including writing your date of birth where required, not the day’s date, as well as signing your request form.
- Include your e-mail and/or phone number. County boards of elections will be calling or e-mailing voters who may need to remedy information on their ballot request form or absentee ballot envelope. Including your information will ensure you can be reached if your ballot request doesn’t have everything filled out properly.
- Don’t wait. To accommodate necessary processing time at the county board of elections and the time required for the United States Postal Service to deliver elections mail, voters should not procrastinate – fill out and mail your absentee ballot request no later than today.
- Double check your return envelope. Before you submit your ballot request form, make sure the envelope is addressed to your county board of elections.
- Track your ballot. Once their ballot request is received by their county board of elections, voters may track their ballot at VoteOhio.gov/Track. As long as your ballot is postmarked by the day before the election and received within 10 days after the election at your county board of elections, your vote will be tabulated.
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