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Early Ohio voting surges, especially in urban areas
Cuyahoga leads the state in both in-person and mail-in ballot requests
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE
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Some two dozen voters lined up outside the board of elections in Stark County to vote Oct. 2, and early voting statewide is running ahead of previous years.
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Following a U. S. Supreme Court decision this week, Ohio has now established uniform hours for voting in person the weekend before the Nov. 6 election. But the early numbers indicate many voters weren’t waiting for the courts, boards of elections and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to make up their minds. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the early numbers.

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 The fight over early voting in Ohio lasted more than a year, with fierce battles at the Statehouse and boards of elections and in the courts.

And despite concerns over voter suppression, the level of publicity surrounding those battles may account for a surge in early voting throughout the state.

Jane Platten is director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. She says 13,000 voters have shown up in person since early voting began on Oct. 2 about 2,500 ahead of four years ago.

She says mail-in absentee voting is surging as well.

“I think that the campaigns and the media have talked about early voting a lot more this year than they did in 2008, partially because of the uncertainty in terms of what the hours would be on the weekend, particularly the last weekend. But also, this early voting program has progressively become more popular sinc 2008.”

Statewide, about a third of voters cast their ballots early in 2008.

According to Secretary of State Husted’s office, nearly 18 percent of Ohio voters nearly 8 million voters already have requested absentee ballots or voted early. Cuyahoga leads in both types of early voting, followed by Franklin, Hamilton and Summit.

Ohio Absentee Voting Report as of Friday, October 12, 2012

Absentee Ballots Requested By Mail  Absentee Ballots Cast By Mail Military & Overseas Absentee Ballots Requested By Mail Military & Overseas Absentee Ballots Cast By Mail Absentee Ballots Cast In Person
Adams 2057 977 31 8 308
Allen 7932 4003 131 26 1327
Ashland 4448 1909 79 8 895
Ashtabula 7938 2339 130 31 643
Athens 4932 1274 191 22 988
Auglaize 3501 1607 44 2 470
Belmont 11617 4763 60 11 487
Brown 3175 988 45 6 402
Butler 25165 8568 442 94 3626
Carroll 2472 667 37 9 212
Champaign 2990 1058 43 4 547
Clark 9784 3566 186 40 2205
Clermont 18884 5872 227 36 1423
Clinton 3142 1586 39 8 528
Columbiana 7063 2167 94 24 485
Coshocton 3998 1321 50 11 228
Crawford 4016 1248 50 15 542
Cuyahoga 235515 50091 2115 219 11269
Darke 2763 1036 61 9 626
Defiance 2530 589 59 12 531
Delaware 23829 2166 281 24 2241
Erie 8565 2742 110 17 1242
Fairfield 17513 3598 233 47 1494
Fayette 1848 596 19 2 340
Franklin 165044 42533 1593 268 12838
Fulton 3161 922 38 7 432
Gallia 1856 13 24 7 215
Geauga 11097 2889 179 28 682
Greene 12719 942 504 87 2674
Guernsey 3320 1388 43 3 262
Hamilton 87253 28395 1468 220 5540
Hancock 4749 217 90 18 1226
Hardin 2147 972 33 6 393
Harrison 1521 367 17 3 79
Henry 1628 465 30 6 471
Highland 1931 42 22 5 477
Hocking 2837 294 29 10 413
Holmes 2205 50 36 7 346
Huron 4973 2177 87 17 538
Jackson 2413 60 31 7 319
Jefferson 6595 998 96 20 476
Knox 6462 188 104 6 805
Lake 31838 1685 305 40 1392
Lawrence 5322 999 46 13 360
Licking 19664 4528 219 39 1797
Logan 3418 1690 60 13 627
Lorain 34439 1963 466 98 4118
Lucas 44744 115 556 70 5245
Madison 4290 960 31 4 267
Mahoning 30103 12436 206 43 3371
Marion 3224 565 49 7 576
Medina 19528 6532 253 53 2777
Meigs 1646 618 16 2 170
Mercer 4015 208 47 9 491
Miami 7848 1 127 26 1386
Monroe 1362 563 12 5 135
Montgomery 42921 3817 822 93 6013
Morgan 1540 456 16 1 179
Morrow 2893 987 37 9 285
Muskingum 9416 3618 87 20 918
Noble 1389 607 10 3 214
Ottawa 4506 1401 69 15 659
Paulding 1477 420 25 5 273
Perry 3085 482 35 4 109
Pickaway 5166 2340 56 6 499
Pike 2234 262 22 3 211
Portage 13847 110 235 53 1627
Preble 2487 1095 47 13 436
Putnam 2780 961 30 7 248
Richland 11181 3188 183 35 2380
Ross 7343 2116 73 13 686
Sandusky 4291 1255 79 19 668
Scioto 5447 2648 68 21 958
Seneca 3915 1805 68 14 481
Shelby 3527 1688 60 13 622
Stark 35179 2018 447 60 2893
Summit 64895 9752 706 123 6593
Trumbull 19826 3065 244 63 2997
Tuscarawas 9877 2765 93 22 991
Union 4900 1118 64 8 892
Van Wert 1915 81 25 4 1100
Vinton 1406 491 6 2 88
Warren 22313 6874 298 63 2065
Washington 5567 676 68 12 994
Wayne 9153 747 189 32 1483
Williams 2734 563 35 4 442
Wood 10871 1945 192 31 1937
Wyandot 1525 443 12 4 175
Total          1,268,635                 280,300                      15,975                               2,607                 124,073



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