The Delaware County voter turnout rate for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District special election Tuesday was double the May 8 primary election.
“It’s going to happen in Delaware County,” Troy Balderson told the Delaware County Republican Women’s Club in June. “This is where the numbers are.”
Balderson, R-Zanesville, who ran a very close race Tuesday against Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor, D-Columbus, is the presumed winner of Tuesday’s too-close-to-call special election for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. The official results of the race will be certified by Franklin County’s Board of Elections, the most populous county in the district, declaring an official winner on Aug. 24.
According to the Delaware County Board of Elections reports, the unofficial voter turnout rate for the special election was 42.37 percent out of 139,020 registered voters, with 58,902 total votes cast. The voter turnout rate for the May 8 primary was 24.41 percent with 33,683 ballots being cast in the election.
In Delaware County, Balderson won 53.95 percent of the total votes cast winning 111 of the 159 precincts while O’Connor received 45.67 percent with only 48 of the precincts won. The precincts won by O’Connor were in Delaware City, parts of Genoa, Liberty and Orange Townships, four precincts in Powell and the Delaware County parts of Columbus and Westerville.
Karla Herron, Director of the Delaware County Board of Elections, said Friday that approximately 1,000 absentee ballots had been requested from the board for the special election, and that 530 of 1,000 have been returned. She said the board also received 1,079 provisional ballots that had been cast in the election.
In a press release from Secretary of State Jon Husted earlier this week, the unofficial statewide voter turnout rate for the Ohio 12th Congressional District special election on Tuesday was 37.23 percent out of 544,532 registered voters statewide, with 202,521 total votes cast.
“County boards of elections reported that 3,435 provisional ballots were cast and there were 5,048 outstanding absentee ballots,” according to the Secretary of State’s press release.
According to the Secretary of State’s press release, provisionals are ballots cast by voters in which identity or eligibility couldn’t be verified and are not part of the unofficial election night canvass.
Title 35 of Ohio Revised Code states, boards of elections cannot begin the official canvass of ballots to certify results until 11 days after the election, all boards may begin their official canvass of ballots Aug. 18. All absentee ballots must be received at the county boards by Aug. 17 to be will be eligible to be counted.
Delaware County’s Board of Elections official canvass is scheduled Monday, Aug. 20 beginning at 9 a.m.
Contact D. Anthony Botkin at 740-413-0902. Follow him on Twitter @dabotkin.