LaRose Says Ballot Mix Up In Franklin County Shows Voters Need To Check Ballots
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has issued a directive for the Franklin County Board of Elections in order to fix the mistake of sending wrong ballots to voters. The scope of the problem is yet to be determined. But election officials say this creates an important lesson for voters around the state. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.
The Franklin County board of elections must create a process that gets the word out for voters who received the wrong ballot and clearly explain to them that a new ballot will be sent.
Aaron Ockerman with the Ohio Association of Election Officials says voters everywhere should learn from this and take a second look at their ballot.
"That is a really good lesson for everyone around the state that you should take the responsibility to double check your ballot to make sure that everything is on there and that everything is correct and if you flag and issue or a problem and have a concern you should reach out to your board of elections and make them aware of it."
Ockerman adds that when a voter fills out the wrong ballot, election officials will do a top down count of votes for every race they can. For example, the presidential race applies for every Ohio voter.