Ohio’s chief elections officer proudly hails a new program under which every registered voter will receive an absentee ballot application as a step that will “turn their kitchen table into a voting booth” in this fall’s presidential election. Now all voters have to do is make sure their ballots don’t end up — to stick with Secretary of State Jon Husted’s analogy — going down the electoral garbage disposal. Husted’s plan marks the first time in Ohio history that all of the state’s nearly 8 million registered voters will receive absentee applications.
The state began mailing absentee ballot applications Aug. 31 to active registered voters and people who voted in the 2008 presidential election. What they won’t get right away is the actual ballot, which will be sent out later by local elections boards, Coshocton County Board of Elections Deputy Director Kathy Hendricks said.