County shatters early voting records

MIAMI COUNTY — With record early voting and absentee ballot participation, Miami County voters turned out in record numbers with nearly half of its registered voters casting votes before Election Day — double compared to the 2016 Presidential Election.

According to the Miami County Board of Elections data as of 7 p.m. Monday, 37,536 votes were cast out of 75,470 registered voters — nearly 50 percent of voters.

From those records, 21,128 early votes were cast through 2 p.m. Monday and 16,089 absentee ballots were received. In the 2016 presidential election, around 10,000 early votes were cast total.

Miami County Board of Elections Chairman Dave Fisher said Miami County polls had only minor issues throughout Tuesday. Fisher said there were a few paper jams and “normal Election Day glitches,” which he said all were taken care of quickly.

Fisher reported the board convened around noon Tuesday to resolve a voter intention issue with an early vote. Fisher said that issue was adjudicated and was handled quickly, but did not provide further details.

According to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, 3.4 million Ohio voters cast their absentee ballot or voted early — shattering all previous records. Prior to this election, Ohio had never surpassed 2 million total votes in the entirety of the early voting period. With 243,023 absentee ballots still outstanding, Ohio’s early vote total is already 180 percent of the previous early vote record and equals 60 percent of the total number of votes cast in the entire 2016 General Election. This data includes all ballots received and processed through 2 p.m. Monday.

As a reminder, ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 and received within 10 days after the election will be included in the final official results that must be certified by the Secretary of State by Nov. 28.