MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Board of Elections approved 448 provisional ballots from the Nov. 3 election during their meeting on Friday morning.
Reasons for the board rejecting provisional ballots included:
• The voter voted in the wrong precinct
• The provisional ballot did not have a signature
• The provisional ballot did not have a correct address
• The voter was not registered anywhere to vote
• The voter’s registration had previously been canceled due to inactivity
Board member Jose Lopez asked if they will be sending voter registration cards to the individuals who submitted provisional ballots but were not registered anywhere. Director Bev Kendall stated that they will.
“Just so they know that if you want to vote, we’d like for you to vote, so you (have to) get registered,” Lopez said.
There was a total of 604 provisional ballots submitted during the recent election. The board’s office is still waiting on hearing back from other counties in regard to a few provisional ballots to see if the voter was registered to vote previously in that county.
“There will be a few more provisional (ballots) that we have not heard from other counties,” Kendall said.
The board’s office will recalculate the votes submitted for the Nov. 3 election to include the provisional ballots for a final certification. Their final certification will be held on Nov. 23. The board has to have the votes certified by Nov. 25.
Board member Bob Huffman inquired about the board’s recent letter to the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office regarding a subpoena that the board received. The plaintiff seeking the information is the Ohio Democratic Party.
The board’s office has not heard back from the prosecutor’s office if they will be able to set up a confidentiality agreement with the plaintiff. That way, the board’s office will be able to supply the necessary documents without having to spend the time to redact personal information.
The board also discussed their upcoming e-poll books purchase. The price has gone up to include the first three years of licensing fees, which will be approximately $19,000.
With the state paying for 85 percent of the cost this year, the board agreed that it will save them money in the long run to pay for three years of licensing fees up front. The licensing fees are $100 per machine, and the board is planning on purchasing 100 machines.
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