Trump, looks like Ohio is coming out to support you. They have reported in Republican stronghold Butler County, absentee voting is up 9 percent this year compared to 2012, and 21 percent over 2008. And the good news doesn’t stop there.
Two weeks before the election, the Butler County Board of Elections has seen 40 percent more requests from Republicans compared to 2012, and 51 percent more requests from Republicans compared to 2008.
For Democrats, the increase is about 60 percent compared to 2012, but a decline of about 36 percent compared to 2008.
And in terms of sheer totals, there have been almost three times as many absentee and vote-by-mail requests from Republican voters so far this year. In 2012, it also was about a three-to-one ratio, while in 2008, they were nearly equal.
While it’s impossible to say how all those people are voting, Trump needs high turnout in Republican strongholds to win the Buckeye State. Tuesday’s figures seem to show Trump’s controversial comments about women haven’t dampened the enthusiasm of his supporters, and that his claims of a “rigged” election aren’t suppressing voter turnout as some have predicted.