So far in Ohio: More than 116,000 ballots requested for primary; nearly 12,000 voted

News Journal staff

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said Tuesday that 116,272 absentee ballots were requested by mail and in-person for the May 8 Primary Election by the close of business Friday. Thus far, 11,524 Ohio voters have cast their ballots.

In Clinton County, as of Friday 47 voters requested and cast in-person absentee ballots — 34 Republican, 11 Democratic, and two non-partisan.

In some neighboring counties the total numbers of ballots requested include: Highland, 57; Fayette, 60; and Warren, 146.

At this same point during absentee voting in 2014, 109,415 absentee ballots had been requested and 31,709 ballots had already been cast.

The unofficial data collected through the informal board of elections survey also shows the number of absentee ballots requested by ballot type: Democratic, 66,092; Republican, 44,365; Non-Partisan, 7,581; and, Green, 234.

During the 2018 Primary Election, voters will decide a statewide ballot issue, a number of state and local races, as well as a total of 477 local issues across 83 counties.

You can view the list of candidates for statewide, congressional, state legislative, and court of appeals offices online at Information on local contests is available by contacting the county board of elections.

Ohio voters have multiple options available to them to cast a ballot over a four-week period that began April 10. A registered voter can cast an absentee ballot by mail or early in person, which gives them 24 hours a day to vote from home or nearly 200 hours to vote in person that includes weeknight and weekend hours, respectively.

There is also Election Day, during which voters have 13 hours to cast a ballot at their polling location.

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

For more local information on voting in the primary, visit the Clinton County Board of Elections website or call 937-382-3537, email or stop by 46 S. South St., Room 126, Wilmington.

Local ballots

Ballots in Clinton County will include the contested Republican race for the county commissioner nomination between James Bowling and Mike McCarty.

Local issues include:

• Clinton-Massie Local School District: Additional 0.25% Earned Income Tax for 5 years, for current expenses.

• Village of Sabina: Renewal Tax Levy, 1.4 mills for 5 years, for current expenses

• Richland Twp/Village of Sabina: Additional Tax Levy, 1 mill for 5 years, for cemeteries.

• Clinton-Warren Joint Fire & Rescue District: Renewal, 4 mills, 5 years, for fire protection and emergency services

News Journal staff