Vote-by-mail requests at ‘historic high’ in Butler County

Madison Twp. resident Bob Pieratt, left, votes in the November 2015 election inside the Auxiliary Gym building at Madison Local Schools. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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Madison Twp. resident Bob Pieratt, left, votes in the November 2015 election inside the Auxiliary Gym building at Madison Local Schools. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Requests for absentee ballots are up 15 percent compared to the last presidential election year, according to the Butler County Board of Elections.

“One day before early voting opens in the Nov. 8, 2016, presidential election, absentee and vote-by-mail requests have been at historic highs in Butler County,” said Diane Noonan, director for the Butler County elections office. “Voter interest in this election indicates we may have record voter turnout in November.”

These ballot requests, which they will be mailed out Wednesday morning, are up 15 percent at this point four years ago for the November 2012 election, and 22 percent over the same point for the November 2008 election, according to the elections office.

As of today, 27,137 total absentee ballot requests have been received, including nearly 25,900 vote-by-mail and more than 500 military and overseas citizen requests.

Requests for vote-by-mail ballots must be made by noon Nov. 5. An application can be downloaded at ButlerCountyElections.org.

The ballots can then be hand-delivered or mailed to 1802 Princeton Road, Suite 600, Hamilton, Ohio 45011.

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EARLY VOTING HOURS

Every board of elections in Ohio will maintain the same early voting hours. They are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 12 to Friday, Oct. 14: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 17 to Friday, Oct. 21: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 24 to Friday, Oct. 28: 8 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 29: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 30: 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 31 to Friday, Nov. 4: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 5: 8 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 6: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 7: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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BY THE NUMBERS

Here are the absentee ballot request numbers the day before the general election for 2008, 2012 and 2016:

October 2008: 22,183 total absentee ballot requests received

  • 6,183 registered Democrats
  • 7,275 registered Republicans
  • 8,725 unaffiliated or minor party voters

October 2012: 23,607 total absentee ballot requests received

  • 2,126 registered Democrats
  • 7,011 registered Republicans
  • 14,470 unaffiliated or minor party voters

October 2016: 27,137 total absentee ballot requests received

  • 3,264 registered Democrats
  • 10,381 registered Republicans
  • 13,492 unaffiliated or minor party voters

Source: Butler County Board of Elections

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