Ohio Secretary of State talks early voting increases, election security

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(WKBN) — Nearly 400,000 Ohioans have already cast their ballots for Tuesday’s election, compared to just over 320,000 in 2019.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said believes Ohio will have another secure and accessible election and said he’s pleased with the state’s numbers in terms of early voting.

He said there was an 18% increase in absentee votes from the last comparable year, 2019. LaRose attributed that to a few things, including a lot of excitement about local races.

“This is the year when those local elections occur, the races for mayor, township trustees, school board. Those really matter. That makes a difference in your community,” LaRose said.

In Mahoning County there were just over 8,000 ballots cast, and 3,000 were in-person voting.

In Trumbull County, nearly 5,000 already voted, and 2,700 were in-person early voting.

In Columbiana County, just over 1,200 have voted already. Just under 600 were in person.

LaRose said when Ohio’s election is over at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, they’re going to tabulate the results and give accurate results. For every ballot cast in the state, there is also a hard copy of it that allows them to perform a post-election audit. 

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