Jon Husted
Jon Husted

COLUMBUS – Three weeks from Election Day, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that 151,697 absentee ballots were requested by-mail and in-person for the March 15 Presidential Primary Election by the close of business Friday, Feb. 19; 10,104 Ohio voters have already cast their ballots.

Based on an informal survey of Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections, as of Friday, February 19, 2016:

• 151,697 absentee ballot applications received statewide;
• 10,104 absentee ballots have been cast;
• 1,621 absentee ballots cast by mail;
• 8,483 absentee ballots cast in-person; and,
• 141,593 absentee ballots outstanding.

In total, 335,542 voters cast absentee ballots during the 2012 Presidential Primary Election. During the 2008 Presidential Primary Election, 557,686 voters cast absentee ballots.

In Highland County, 113 absentee ballot applications were received by mail through Feb. 19, with one absentee ballot cast by mail and 39 cast in person. Four military and/or overseas absentee ballots have been cast as of Feb. 19.

The Board of Elections does not accept requests for absentee ballots via email because a signature and other information is required. Voters may go to www.highlandcountyelections.com and click on Verify Voter Registration and type in their name and then it will give you the option to print out an absentee request.

In addition to the Presidential Primary, Ohioans will nominate candidates for the United States Senate, the Ohio Supreme Court, Congress, the state legislature and many local races. 465 local issues in 82 counties will also be decided. A complete list of Presidential and statewide candidates is available here and a list of local issues is available here.


Ohio voters have the option to vote by mail from home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 211 hours to vote early in-person over a four-week absentee voting period, which began on Feb. 17. 

The online Voter Toolkit is a one-stop location for all necessary voting information.

Ohio voters can visit MyOhioVote.com/VoterToolkit to check their voter registration status, find their polling location, view their sample ballot and track their absentee ballot.


In the first five years of Secretary Husted’s administration, 98.95 of absentee ballots were accepted, an improvement of 1.22% over the 4 years of the previous administration.