Ohio Secretary of State reports 246,000 outstanding absentee ballots

By: - November 3, 2020 8:08 am

The Ohio Secretary of State is reporting 243,000 outstanding absentee ballots, reports WOSU’s Gabe Rosenberg. With the two presidential candidates polling neck-and-neck in Ohio, it’s possible the unofficial count will remain within that margin and Ohio will not know which candidate won the state this evening.

Voters may still drop absentee ballots off at county boards of election drop boxes until 7:30 p.m. tonight when polls close. Cars in line for drop boxes at 7:30 p.m. will be allowed to proceed to drop off ballots. So a number of absentee ballots are still likely to be returned today and may impact the margin.

Ballots must be post-marked by Nov. 2 and are allowed to be received in the mail by boards of elections until Nov. 13.

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David DeWitt
David DeWitt

OCJ Editor-in-Chief David DeWitt has more than 15 years experience covering Ohio government, politics and policy, including education, health care, crime and courts, poverty, state and local government, business, labor, energy, environment, and social issues. He has worked for the National Journal, The New York Observer, The Athens NEWS, and Plunderbund.com. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and is a board member of the E.W. Scripps Society of Alumni and Friends. He can be found on Twitter @DC_DeWitt.