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Ballot Counting FAQ

On election night we may go to bed without knowing winners and losers.

The rules for counting ballots will be the same, but what’s different this year is that more voters than ever before will be voting by mail, which requires more time to count ballots. If vote margins are close and many more absentee ballots are yet to be tallied, Ohio and states all across the country may not be able to “project” unofficial winners for many days following the election. Delayed results does not mean that there is anything suspicious or troublesome happening with the ballot count. Ohio will announce official election results by November 24, or if a recount occurs by December 8.

Ohio Election Timeline