Voter Turnout Brief Ohio 2008 Total Ballots Cast in Last 3 by maclaren1

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									                     Voter Turnout Brief: Ohio 2008
      Based on total number of voters casting ballots. Official returns from the Secretary of State
                            Prepared for OhioVOTES www.ohvotes.org

Like 2004, Ohio was a central battleground in the presidential campaign. There was more early
voting, good weather on Election Day and improved election administration. Voter registration
reached an all-time high. Intense voter mobilization both partisan and nonpartisan helped turnout
match and slightly exceed 2004.

At the same time, one in three Ohio voters still did not cast a ballot. The primary season brought
in new voters but appeared to turn off others. Both major candidates suffered the consequences
of highly charged primaries where many supporters of losing candidates (Clinton, Huckabee,
Romney) stayed home November 4th. Another factor challenging participation in Ohio are the
most burdensome voter registration and provisional voting laws in the nation. Ohio’s 30 day
advance registration deadline is one of the longest in the nation. Ohio does not benefit from
Election Day registration used in 10 other states. Universal voter registration and improved early
voting are key to future increases in participation

       ! Ohio achieved its fourth consecutive year of voter growth in a presidential
         election, albeit only a small increase over 2004.
       ! 67.7% of eligible voters turned out, putting Ohio above the national average but
         below Election Day registration states like Minnesota and Wisconsin.
       ! An estimated180,950 Ohio voters ended up using a provisional ballot, usually
         because of a problems with their voter registration or driver’s license.
       ! A record 1.5 million Ohioans requested an absentee ballot. There were many
         reports of both applications and submitted ballots being rejected.


    Total Ballots Cast in Last 3 Presidential Elections

                                                                         5,773,387
           6,000,000                                5,722,443

           5,500,000


           5,000,000           4,795,989


           4,500,000


           4,000,000
                              2000                 2004                 2008


  For more information, please contact Julian Johannesen, Research Director julian@nonprofitvote.org
            Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network                     www.nonprofitvote.org
    ! Franklin County (Columbus) and Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) led urban counties in
      increasing voting turnout over 2004, when adjusted for change in the number of eligible voters.

    ! Turnout stayed the same or went down in counties like Stark and Hamilton where higher
      numbers of voters than expected had no presidential preference and stayed home.

                         % Increase in Voters in Large Counties
                                                            2008 vs. 2004

    5.0%                                                                                                             4.7%

    4.0%
                                                                                                         3.2%
    3.0%                                                                                      2.6%

    2.0%


    1.0%                                                                       0.5%
                                  0.1%              0.2%           0.3%

    0.0%
              Stark-Canton       Hamilton-        Montgomery-     Mahoning- Summit-Akron Lucas-Toledo   Cuyahoga-    Franklin-
   -1.0%       -0.6%             Cincinatti         Dayton       Youngstown                             Cleveland   Columbus




         Counties with highest #s of Provisional Ballots Cast
                                      As reported 11/5/08

30,000                                                                               27,306
                                                                           24,460
25,000                                                                                               (Ohio’s) provisional ballots …
20,000                                                            17,501                             present a quagmire of intricate
15,000                                                  11,975                                       and imprecisely stated
                                              9,069                                                  requirements, including internal
10,000                           7,810
           4,260    4,487                                                                            inconsistencies and multiple
 5,000
                                                                                                     affirmations and declinations”
    0                                                                                                Ohio Supreme Court
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         For more information, please contact Julian Johannesen, Research Director julian@nonprofitvote.org
                   Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network                     www.nonprofitvote.org
        ! Turnout increased across Cleveland. It’s share of the overall vote county wide also went
          up over 2004. The percent increases are surprising given the city’s slight loss of eligible voters



           Voter Turnout Increase by Ward – City of Cleveland
  18%
                                                                                                                    16%
  16%                                                                                                         15%
  14%
                                                                                                    12% 13%
  12%
  10%                                                                                          8%
                                                                                          7%
   8%
   6%                                                           4%   5%    5%   5%   5%
                                                4%    4%   4%
   4%                                     2%
                              2%     2%
   2%                    1%
                   0%
   0%
  -2%         0%
        -1%
  -4%




Cleveland Increases Its Share of the Vote in Cuyahoga County

                                                        Ballots Cast 2008


                                                     642,543
                           700,000

                           600,000
                                                                          Cleveland's share of the total
                           500,000                                        ballots cast in Cuyahoga County,
                           400,000
                                                                          up from 25.1% in 2004.

                           300,000
                                                                                170,700
                           200,000

                           100,000

                                0
                                               Cuyahoga                    Cleveland



Note: We are still compiling comparative figures for other counties like Franklin and Mahoning.
          For more information, please contact Julian Johannesen, Research Director julian@nonprofitvote.org
                    Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network                     www.nonprofitvote.org

								
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