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LaRose Announces Final Early Voting Numbers for the August 2 Primary

COLUMBUS – Election Day for the August 2, 2022 Primary/Special Election is tomorrow. Today, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced that 175,589 absentee ballots were requested by-mail or in-person for the state legislative and executive committee races and that 142,989 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 25 through the end of early voting hours on Monday, August 1.

Ballots Requested Democratic 67,382 Republican 41,639 Ballots Cast Early In Person Democratic 34,780 Republican 31,788 Total Ballots Returned and Submitted for Counting Democratic 81,441 Republican 61,338

A full county-by-county breakdown

“Thousands of Ohioans chose to utilize four weeks of early voting to make their voice heard this election, highlighting Ohio’s strong balance of accessibility and security,” said LaRose. “While tomorrow’s election is certainly unusual, it is no less important. Every vote matters, and every election shapes the future of our great state.”

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 enjoyed 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. 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/.


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