COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that 59 local elections were decided by a single vote or tied during the 2018 Primary Election held on May 8. This included 58 local races and one local issue.
“The nearly 200 elections that have been decided by one vote or tied remind us why it is so important that we maintain accurate voter rolls – because one vote really does make a difference,” Secretary Husted said. “Local races and issues such as these should be taken as seriously as anything else on the ballot because these are the things that most directly impact our communities.”
Issues and ballot questions require a majority vote in order to pass, so in the case of tie votes, the matter fails. For local races, such as city council or county central committee, in the case of tie votes winners are determined by lot. All of the races that resulted in a tie in the 2018 Primary Election were decided by either a coin toss or name draw.
Ahead of the 2015 General Election, Secretary Husted announced a new, statewide initiative giving every voter access to an online voter toolkit where they could view a sample ballot. This allows voters to know what they will be asked to decide when they cast their ballot. The online voter toolkit also gives voters the ability to track their absentee ballot, find their polling location and check their voter registration.
Secretary Husted has made it easier for Ohioans to get registered to vote and become an active participant in our democracy. Ohioans can register to vote and update their voter address online. To date, more than 26,000 people have registered to vote online and more than 525,000 Ohio voters have updated their information via the internet.