A smaller portion of Ohio voters were forced to cast provisional ballots in the 2014 general election, and a greater percentage of those votes were counted, a report released today by the secretary of state says. Provisional ballots made up 1.6 percent of the total ballots cast in November, a decrease from the previous gubernatorial election in 2010, when 2.7 percent had to vote provisionally. The share of provisional ballots counted increased to 90.4 percent, an increase from 88.8 percent four years earlier.
… Of the 9.6 percent – the votes of 4,734 persons statewide – that county boards of elections did not count last year, more than 55 were thrown out because the voter was not registered to vote in Ohio.
By contrast, only 1.2 percent of absentee votes were disqualified.