LaRose releases final early voting totals ahead of May 3 primary

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The total number of absentee requests and the total number of early votes surpass the most recent comparable primary elections in 2018

COLUMBUS – Just a day before the May 3 primary election in Ohio, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced today that 301,837 mail-in ballots were requested by mail or by person and that 263,542 votes were cast statewide.

These numbers exceed the 2018 total of 300,765 mail-in ballots requested through the end of the early voting period and the total of 260,443 early voting ballots cast.

The data was collected by the Ohio Secretary of State’s office through a survey of 88 Ohio County Boards of Elections. The data at the end of early voting on May 2, 2022 is as follows:

A full breakdown by county (XLSX)

“Republican voters have been voting early at a much faster pace than they did four years ago, while Democrats have lagged significantly behind that pace,” LaRose said. “With this shift in favor of Republicans, overall early voting in this primary election has now surpassed the most comparable primary election in 2018. Political prognosticators are welcome to theorize its significance, but clearly voters across the ‘Ohio have confidence in our security, accuracy and accessible electoral system.

At the same time of the 2018 primary election, 153,844 Democrats had requested an absentee ballot while 128,709 Republicans had made the same request.

This election season, voters in Ohio enjoyed nearly 200 hours of early voting in the May 3 primary. Ohio is one of 18 states that allow Saturday voting and one of six states that allow early Sunday voting. Ohio’s early voting period is 21% longer than the national average.

Of the 42 states that have a traditional mail-in voting system, an extensive review by the Brookings Institute has determined that 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 has proven itself and has strong security controls in place.

Ohioans have used mail-in voting for two decades, which has allowed Ohio to put in place both the laws and processes necessary to secure mail-in voting against fraud.

  • Voter ID and signature are DOUBLE verified during the process
  • Voter List Maintenance Enables Accurate Voter Lists
  • Harvesting ballots is against the law in Ohio
  • Voters can track their vote at VoteOhio.gov/Track.

These requirements and processes, along with strict laws against voter fraud, have made voting by mail secure in Ohio and cases of voter fraud extremely rare. Learn more about how Ohio keeps our elections secure by visiting ElectionSecurity.Ohio.gov.

Voters should consider these best practices when choosing the mail-in ballot option:

  • Fill in the information correctly. Review the form to ensure you have completed it correctly, including your date of birth if required, not today’s date, and your signature on your application form.
  • Enter your email and/or phone number. County Boards of Elections will call or email voters who may need to correct information on their ballot request form or mail-in ballot envelope. Including your information will ensure that you can be reached if your request to vote has not filled out everything correctly.
  • Do not wait. To account for the processing time needed by the County Board of Elections and the time it takes for the United States Postal Service to deliver election mail, voters should not procrastinate – complete and mail your absentee ballot application as soon as possible. .
  • Check your return envelope carefully. Before submitting your request to vote form, make sure the envelope is addressed to your county board of elections.
  • Track your ballot. Once their ballot application is received by their county board of elections, voters can track their vote at VoteOhio.gov/Track. As long as your ballot is postmarked the day before the election and is received within 10 days (or 20 days for UOCAVA voters) after your county board election , your vote will be counted.

Voters in Ohio will find the following races on their primary ballot:

  • Governor
  • Attorney General
  • State Auditor
  • Secretary of State
  • State Treasurer
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • US Senate
  • U.S. Representative to Congress
  • Additional candidates for the judiciary and municipalities

The offices of state senator, state representative and state central committee member will not appear on the May 3 primary election ballot.

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