More than 3.4 million Ohioans cast their ballots ahead of Election Day, shattering records

Posted at 11:56 AM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 12:07:47-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Before the polls even opened Tuesday morning, millions of Ohioans had already made their voices heard—shattering records with the number of ballots cast during early voting.

At the end of the early voting period, 3.4 million Ohioans cast their ballots. That number is 60% of the total voter turnout in 2016, according to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.

As of Monday evening, there were 1,339,764 early in-person ballots cast in Ohio and 3,785, 827 absentee ballots received, LaRose said.

On Election Day, nearly 4,000 polling locations opened across Ohio with voters lined up at the doors at many of the polling places before doors even opened.

In Cuyahoga County, 90,000 people voted in the first three hours of the polls opening, according to Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Director Anthony Perlatti.

With the large voter turnout, both in in-person and absentee voting, Ohio could break the state’s voter turnout record. The modern-day record was set in 1992, which saw a voter turnout rate of 77.1%.

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