Ohio's top election official affirmed that every legally cast vote needs to be counted in his state, including those that arrive after election day in accordance with Ohio law.
“I know a lot of people like this idea of election night coverage is sort of reality TV but it's not really the way that it works and it certainly may not be the way that it works this year in an election where we're relying more heavily than ever on absentee ballots.” Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said.
When asked about what President Trump has said that he wanted the results of the election that night, LaRose added, “That's not the way elections work. It's just simply not, it's not the way elections work in Ohio or most any other state election night is a snapshot in time.”
Ohio law allows for absentee ballots post marked by election date to be received up to 10 days after election day and still be counted.
“Every legally cast valid deserves to be counted and will be counted by our boards collections and reported as part of our final certified result at the end of the month,” LaRose added.
Some context: Last week, Ohio set two new daily records for new cases of Covid-19.
The state is under a statewide mask order, to try and slow the spread of the virus. The order has been contentious in some parts of the state. Voters who arrive to the polls who do not wear a facemask will be offered one, LaRose said. If they refuse to wear one other accommodations like curbside voting will be offered, he added.
“Of course, if somebody refuses all of those accommodations that we offer them, we can't turn anyone away. No one will be disenfranchised here in Ohio," he added.