absentee voting

A flyer from the Ohio Republican Party urges voters to consider early mail-in voting and request their absentee ballots, though President Trump has denounced voting by mail as "terrible" and "corrupt". Trump voted absentee by mail in the Florida primary.
Karen Kasler

Ohio voters have requested 1.8 million absentee ballots, more than twice the number of applications at this point four years ago. And there’s a clear trend emerging – those who are affiliated with the Democratic party are seizing the opportunity to vote early by mail, while Republican-affiliated voters are pulling back from that option.

Gov. Mike DeWine spoke with "The State of Ohio" host Karen Kasler from his home in Cedarville on Thursday, September 3.
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At public events and on Twitter, President Trump has urged supporters to vote by mail and in person to "test" the system.  Gov. Mike DeWine confirms that would be illegal in Ohio.

A voter shows her absentee ballot to Franklin County Board of Elections Director Ed Leonard (left) before putting it in the ballot drop box on the last day of weekend early voting before the March 2020 primary.
Karen Kasler

The state’s Republican chief elections officer and Ohio Democrats continue to battle over installing additional drop boxes where absentee voters could deposit their ballots if they’re concerned about the security and speed of mailing them in this fall. 

Karen Kasler

With just days to go before the election, hundreds of absentee ballots are having to be re-issued in northwest Ohio.