COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that three local issues were decided by a single vote or tied during the Presidential General Election held on November 8, 2016. In total, 112 elections in Ohio have been decided by a single vote or tied in the past three years.
“I regularly remind voters that every Election Day, we find more examples where just one vote could have made a difference, which is why it is important that every eligible voter take the opportunity to know what will be on their ballot and participate in the process,” Secretary Husted said.
Ahead of the 2015 General Election, Secretary Husted announced a new, statewide initiative giving every voter access to an online voter toolkit where they could view a sample of the ballot they would receive on Election Day or in the mail as an absentee ballot. This allows voters to know the choices that will be in front of them when they cast their ballot so they won’t find any surprises in the voting booth. The online voter toolkit also gives voters the ability to track their absentee ballot, find their polling location and check their voter registration.
One local utility issue in Holmes County (Village of Killbuck) passed by only a single vote. Residents in both Delaware (Marlboro Township Tax Levy) and Summit (Akron Local Liquor Option) Counties tied on local questions. Issues and ballot questions require a majority vote in order to pass, so in the case of tie votes, the matter fails.
Secretary Husted’s goal has been to make it both easy to vote and hard to cheat in Ohio. Secretary Husted implemented the online change of address system on the Secretary of State’s website to make it simpler for Ohioans to keep their registration up-to-date and was the driving force behind the establishment of Online Voter Registration in the state (coming January 2017). Over 459,000 Ohioans have used the online change of address system since it was implemented in August of 2012.
Secretary Husted has also been a strong supporter of accurate and up-to-date voter rolls so Ohioans experience fewer problems at the polls on Election Day and can be assured that only ballots cast by eligible, registered voters are counted. More than 523,000 deceased voters have been removed from the rolls since Secretary Husted took office and 1.5 million duplicate registrations have been corrected. Complete information (last four digits of social security numbers, dates of birth and drivers’ licenses) is now had on 90 percent of registered voters in Ohio, up from just 20 percent in 2011, which helps elections officials more accurately identify a voter so that more ballots can be counted.
• Full listing of elections with 1 vote or tied