Provisional Ballots Added to Election Count Today

by Miriah Turner on May 20, 2014 at 6:24 am

 Today the Muskingum County Board of Elections certified the May Primary Election.

In addition to the count on election night, 106 provisional ballots were counted today.

"A provisional ballot is a person who has moved within the county or has moved from one county to another," said Chris Hamill, Director of the Board of Elections. "Those are not counted until we actually check to make sure the voter did not vote in their old precinct."

The outcome of the issues on the ballot did not change however, the percentage of voter turn out with provisional ballots counted increased from 25% on election night to 26% total. The lower voter turnout increases the chance for close or tied races. It is important for every voter to get out and make their voice heard.

"Once we count those provisional ballots into the official count. If that would tie the race, then that day, the official count day, we actually literally flip a coin and determine who’s the winner. We just did it last election," said Hamill.

There will not be a Special Election this August. The next election will take place this November 4th. The deadline to place a question or issue on the ballot is August 6th.