Officials turn focus to making sure ballots that have not yet arrived will be counted

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - With Election Day done in Ohio, now comes the task of making sure ballots that have not arrived yet will be counted.

Anyone who postmarked their ballot by Monday will still be counted in this election. The issue now is waiting for them to arrive, processing them, and seeing if any outcomes change.

If a voter put their ballot into the drop box at a county board of elections any time before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, then it was counted; you're done, the 2020 primary election in Ohio is complete.

For people who mailed them within the last week or so, their ballot may not have arrived yet -- but don't worry, you're not alone.

A Wednesday afternoon check of the outstanding absentee ballots shows there were just shy of 200,000 still to arrive statewide.

Here are the numbers of outstanding absentee ballots in northwest Ohio counties:

• Lucas County: 5,771
• Wood County: 1,227
• Fulton County: 326
• Williams County: 491
• Erie County: 1,264
• Sandusky County: 1,374
• Seneca County: 553
• Henry County: 212
• Defiance County: 334
• Ottawa County: 511

The Ohio Secretary of State has been assured by postal officials that these ballots won't be processed in the Detroit area, where much of this area's mail is processed. These ballots should arrive shortly.

Places like Toledo will be watching for every ballot. Currently, the city's income tax increase proposal is going down by about 3,200 votes, so there's a chance things may change.

"I've been here a long time, I've never seen 100 percent turn-in rate from absentees. I just don't think that's going to occur,” said LaVera Scott, with the Lucas County Board of Elections.

No one knows how many of the outstanding absentee ballots will actually be returned.

After this first run of all-mail voting, officials don't know what future elections like November might look like.

"I'm definitely hoping that the legislature and secretary of state's office come to some type of proposal or plans or something for November. This was quick,” said Scott.

In a statement Wednesday, Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said with how some of the early votes came in, he believed Issue 1 was on its way to passing by double digits, but of course so much changed since the election was supposed to have wrapped up in March.

Every board of elections has 10 days to receive those ballots. They have three weeks to certify the actual results.