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Secretary Husted certifies 2018 primary results
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted recently certified the results of the 2018 Primary Election for State Issue 1 and the nominations of statewide candidates for the 2018 General Election. The official results are now available via the link below and on the Secretary of State’s website.
“Another well-run election is further proof that our efforts to improve the voting process in Ohio have worked and we are delivering on our commitment to making it easy to vote and hard to cheat,” Secretary Husted said. “Thanks to the dedication of election officials and poll workers around the state, voters are having a better experience, more ballots are being counted, and there are fewer problems at the polls.”
The 2018 May Primary is the 15th primary or general election administered by Secretary Husted. When compared to the eight primaries and general elections that occurred under the previous administration, as a percentage, more absentee and provisional ballots have been counted and fewer have been rejected.
Of the more than eight million absentee ballots cast during the Husted Administration, 99.04 percent have been counted compared to 97.83 percent of the 4.8 million cast during the previous administration. In the 2018 May Primary, of the 282,387 absentee ballots cast, 279,956, 99.14 percent, were counted.
Provisional ballot numbers have also improved under Secretary Husted. Compared to the previous administration, a higher percentage of provisional ballots have been counted, 86.03 percent to 83.23 percent, and a smaller percentage have been rejected, 13.96 percent to 16.77 percent. Provisional ballots cast also make up a smaller percentage of ballots cast overall, 2.2 percent to 2.7 percent. In the 2018 May Primary, provisional ballots cast made up just .73 percent of the overall vote, the smallest of any election in Ohio history based on available data.
Reports for provisional and absentee ballots cast in the 2018 May Primary are available via the links below and on the Secretary of State’s website.
Certified results for local races are available by contacting the corresponding county board of elections. A list of all 88 county boards of election is available online. The Local Issues Report will be available in the coming days.
About the Ohio Secretary of State's Office
As Ohio’s chief elections officer, the Secretary of State oversees the elections process and appoints the members of boards of elections in each of Ohio’s 88 counties. The Secretary of State supervises the administration of election laws; reviews statewide initiative and referendum petitions; chairs the Ohio Ballot Board, which approves ballot language for statewide issues; canvasses votes for all elective state offices and issues; investigates election fraud and irregularities; trains election officials, and works with counties to train poll workers. The Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s Office also compiles and maintains election statistics and other election-related records.
Campaign Finance Compliance
Statewide candidates’ campaign finance reports are filed with the office, together with the reports for state political action committees (PACs), state political parties and legislative caucus campaign committees.
The Secretary of State is a member of the Ohio Apportionment Board, which meets every 10 years following the decennial census. The five-member board redraws boundaries for each of the 99 Ohio House and 33 Ohio Senate districts to reflect population changes. Other members of the Apportionment Board are the Governor, the Auditor of State and two members, one Republican and one Democrat, appointed by state legislative leaders.
Date Published: June 26, 2018