Ohio’s voting watchdog, the Secretary of State has responded to a snafu that meant thousands of votes were tallied twice in Mahoning County earlier this month. Last week, Deputy Director of the Mahoning County Board of Elections Thomas McCabe said that some initial reports of “unofficial final” numbers may have been wrong as reported by the media. That’s because of a snafu that double counted more than 6,000 votes on election night. According to McCabe, two poll workers were using a scanning machine that hadn’t been reset. A last minute box of 18 “curbside” votes (votes in which a person is physically unable to get out of the car is allowed to vote via paper ballot).
When the poll workers put in the results of the 18 curbside votes it caused approximately 6,000 votes that hadn’t been reset to get counted again.
The 6,000 votes were spread throughout the county and McCabe said the mixup did not change the results of any of the races.
On Wednesday, Secretary of State Jon Husted sent a letter to the Mahoning County Board of Elections demanding that the Board immediately begin a complete internal review of the miscount, and how it was handled.