Archbold, OH

Final Vote Count Postponed

The Fulton County Board of Elections has postponed the fi- nal, official count of the Nov. 4 general election.

Kathy Meyer, board director, said last week the board received a directive from Jennifer Brunner, Ohio Secretary of State, directing counties using touch-screen voting systems to recount their paper ballots.

Paper ballots are used for provisional and absentee voting.

No reason was given for the recount, she said.

As a result, the board must individually feed well over 4,000 ballots, a total of 8,000 sheets of paper, through three optical scanners in the Wauseon board office.

She anticipates having the work completed by this afternoon, Wednesday, Nov. 19.


Meyer said after receiving the directive from Brunner she read it over several times, and sought other opinions on what, exactly, it required.

“We were up in the air all weekend,” on whether or not the final vote count could proceed or would have to be postponed.

When the board met Monday, they considered going ahead with the final count, but in the end, decided to put the paper ballots through optical scanners to count the votes a second time.

The board opted to conduct the final count Friday, Nov. 21. The Secretary of State office requires that the official count be completed by Tuesday, Nov. 25.

99 Ballots

Meyer said 99 provisional ballots, about 15% of the approximately 650 cast, have been disqualified.

“Some people voted at the wrong precinct. One person didn’t sign their name. Three didn’t provide identification,” she said.

Others were disqualified because board of elections workers could not find the voters registered within the state.- David Pugh

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