COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has certified the official results for the 2017 General Election. Following the certification, Secretary Husted released the post-election reports on absentee and provisional ballots cast, as well as precinct level data. Those reports are available here.
“Voters can be proud of the work state and local officials have done in the last seven years to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat in Ohio,” Secretary Husted said. “This latest election shows that those efforts are working as people continue to take advantage of expanded early voting opportunities, the need for provisional ballots has declined, more ballots are being counted, and fewer ballots are being rejected.”
The reports show 99.17 percent of absentee ballots and 91.35 percent of provisional ballots cast were counted by the county boards of elections. Both figures are increases over similar tallies in the 2015 General Election, in which 98.2 percent of absentee ballots and 84.63 percent of provisional ballots were counted.
Meanwhile, the need for provisional ballots greatly decreased in 2017, as only 25,704 were cast compared to the 79,414 provisional ballots cast in 2015. These figures represent 50 percent cut in number of provisionals cast as a percentage of the overall vote, from 2.44 percent in 2015, to 1.07 percent in 2017.