Husted Urges Counties to Implement Electronic Pollbook Technology


Staff Reports



Secretary Husted officially certifies Ohio’s 2016 General Election Results in his office in downtown Columbus.

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today (Dec. 1) certified the official results of the 2016 Presidential General Election held on November 8, 2016. In total, 5,607,641 Ohioans cast ballots, out of 7,861,025 registered voters, leading to a voter turnout rate of 71.33 percent.

“As we close the books on another election, one thing that is abundantly clear is that Ohio is a national leader in elections administration as our state once again has delivered a well-run election,” Secretary Husted said. “Despite the unwarranted predictions of a troubled election, it is clear that voters had a great experience and the 2016 Presidential Election in Ohio was free of any major problems.”

2016 Election Records:

More Ohioans cast an absentee ballot than at any election in Ohio history.

Fewer Ohioans cast a provisional ballot during the 2016 Presidential Election than during any Presidential Election since 2004, the earliest year records are available.

The final results in the Presidential, U.S. Senate, Congressional and certain judicial races as well as the provisional, absentee ballot and precinct-by-precinct reports are available below and are permanently housed under “Election Results and Data” on the Secretary of State’s website.

2016 Election By-the-Numbers:

5,607,641 total ballots (turnout: 71.33%) were cast in 2016, compared to 5,633,246 (turnout: 70.53%) in 2012 and 5,773,777 (turnout: 69.97%) in 2008.

President-Elect Donald Trump carried 80 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

1,890,069 absentee ballots were cast with 1,879,630 (99.45%) counted. This compares to 1,876,174 absentee ballots cast in 2012 with 1,862,984 (99.3%) counted. In 2008, 1,744,753 absentee ballots and 1,717,256 (98.42%) were counted. More absentee ballots were cast and a higher percentage were counted than in 2008 or 2012.

56.8 percent of counted absentee ballots were cast in counties won by President-Elect Donald Trump, with 43.2 percent cast in counties won by for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

154,965 provisional ballots were cast with 131,987 (85.17%) counted. This compares to 208,084 provisional ballots cast in 2012 with 173,785 (83.52%) counted. In 2008, 206,859 provisional ballots were cast with 166,870 (80.67%) counted. Fewer provisional ballots were cast and a higher percentage were counted than in 2008 or 2012.

50.3 percent of counted provisional ballots were cast in counties won by President-Elect Donald Trump, with 49.6 percent cast in counties won by for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted urged county boards of elections to implement the use of electronic pollbooks (e-pollbooks) ahead of the end of the state’s fiscal year on June 30, 2017. In 2015, the General Assembly appropriated $12.75 million as part of the current biennial budget cycle in order to aid county governments in covering the cost of upgrading to e-pollbooks. Boards must submit the necessary documentation to the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) by May 31, 2017 in order to receive funding.

“E-Pollbooks represent a huge improvement in election technology by speeding up check-in times at the polls, reducing lines and providing more direction to both election officials and voters so we can improve the experience for everyone,” Secretary Husted said. “This is an opportunity for county boards to upgrade their equipment at a significantly reduced cost and they should not let this opportunity pass them by.”

The state funding is intended to cover up to 85 percent of each county’s purchase cost with funds being distributed based on the number of voters in each county at the time of the bill’s enactment. Any unused funds at the end of the fiscal year will be forfeited.

To date, 61 counties have implemented e-pollbook technology with 21 having done so prior to the approval of the grant money. Counties that had already implemented e-pollbooks at the time the legislation was passed were still eligible to take part in the state grant program in order to recoup part of the costs associated with the upgrade.

Though boards of elections are under no requirement to implement the new technology, Secretary Husted has urged them to do so as it has proven to significantly improve experiences at the polls for both voters and election officials.

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Staff Reports

Secretary Husted officially certifies Ohio’s 2016 General Election Results in his office in downtown Columbus.

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today (Dec. 1) certified the official results of the 2016 Presidential General Election held on November 8, 2016. In total, 5,607,641 Ohioans cast ballots, out of 7,861,025 registered voters, leading to a voter turnout rate of 71.33 percent.

“As we close the books on another election, one thing that is abundantly clear is that Ohio is a national leader in elections administration as our state once again has delivered a well-run election,” Secretary Husted said. “Despite the unwarranted predictions of a troubled election, it is clear that voters had a great experience and the 2016 Presidential Election in Ohio was free of any major problems.”

2016 Election Records:

More Ohioans cast an absentee ballot than at any election in Ohio history.

Fewer Ohioans cast a provisional ballot during the 2016 Presidential Election than during any Presidential Election since 2004, the earliest year records are available.

The final results in the Presidential, U.S. Senate, Congressional and certain judicial races as well as the provisional, absentee ballot and precinct-by-precinct reports are available below and are permanently housed under “Election Results and Data” on the Secretary of State’s website.

2016 Election By-the-Numbers:

5,607,641 total ballots (turnout: 71.33%) were cast in 2016, compared to 5,633,246 (turnout: 70.53%) in 2012 and 5,773,777 (turnout: 69.97%) in 2008.

President-Elect Donald Trump carried 80 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

1,890,069 absentee ballots were cast with 1,879,630 (99.45%) counted. This compares to 1,876,174 absentee ballots cast in 2012 with 1,862,984 (99.3%) counted. In 2008, 1,744,753 absentee ballots and 1,717,256 (98.42%) were counted. More absentee ballots were cast and a higher percentage were counted than in 2008 or 2012.

56.8 percent of counted absentee ballots were cast in counties won by President-Elect Donald Trump, with 43.2 percent cast in counties won by for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

154,965 provisional ballots were cast with 131,987 (85.17%) counted. This compares to 208,084 provisional ballots cast in 2012 with 173,785 (83.52%) counted. In 2008, 206,859 provisional ballots were cast with 166,870 (80.67%) counted. Fewer provisional ballots were cast and a higher percentage were counted than in 2008 or 2012.

50.3 percent of counted provisional ballots were cast in counties won by President-Elect Donald Trump, with 49.6 percent cast in counties won by for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.