COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Nearly four hours past the deadline set by the state, Franklin County reported its primary election results overnight.
Results from the county were released shortly after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Because of Secretary of State Directive 2020-08, no results could be tallied until all votes are in the system. The directive set a 10 p.m. deadline for unofficial results to be released, which has already passed.
As of 10:30 p.m., there was a backlog of around 30,000 ballots.
In an announcement on Twitter, the Board of Elections said:
Due to a large number of vote-by-mail ballots received today, we do not anticipate completing the vote-counting process until 11 PM or later.
As directed by the Ohio Secretary of State, final unofficial results will be released once tabulation is complete. No partial election results will be available.
Statewide, as of 10:41 p.m., just over 59% of precincts in the state were reporting results.
“Just like life looks different, the election reporting looks different,” said Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. “We do not have precinct results because it is an all vote by mail election, so there is one tally being done per county. That is the only practical way to do this.”
LaRose said as much as speed matters, accuracy is more important. He says every vote will be counted, even if it takes a while to do so.