Ballots counted election night will not include provisional ballots, mailed-in absentee ballots that were postmarked in time but not delivered, and ballots from members of the military who are overseas.
In order to be counted, an absentee ballot must be postmarked Nov. 4, the day before election day. They must be received at the Board of Elections office by Friday, Nov. 15.
A provisional ballot is considered a “last chance” ballot. If a voter moved from one precinct to another, or one county to another, and did not update their address with the Board of Elections, they may cast a provision ballot. The board will check their records, or check with the other county, and if that voter had a valid registration at the old address, the vote will count. If a person changed their name (i.e., got married) and did not update the voter registration, they may cast a provisional ballot. If the voter registration was valid under the previous name, the vote will count. If a person isn’t sure if their registration is up to date, they may cast a provisional ballot, and if they have a valid voter registration anywhere in the state of Ohio, their vote counts. At this point, election results are considered unofficial. The final, office count for the fall general election will be Wednesday, Nov. 20-Updated 11.6, 10:43 am.