MIAMI COUNTY, OH – In the early hours of November 3, election officials in Miami County couldn’t have expected the sheer number of ballots that came in. To many who interact with the voting machines running Windows 95, counting the votes seems to be as simple as a digital calculation. However, the vote counting process is actually much more complex, factoring in early voting, election day voting, as well as vote-by-mail.
Election officials on the day of were scrambling, sending 10 volunteers to Walmart to find containers just to be able to store the excess ballots. In the meantime, hundreds of ballots fell into couch cushions and under various furniture throughout the Board of Elections office. They’ve since been able to find “most” of the ballots that were lost, but no one has an accurate count on how many they received, which makes it hard to know when the search is done.
One volunteer was quoted saying they would just guess on their pile of ballots, “since it really doesn’t matter anyway.” The official then excused themselves to the bathroom. When they came back, it was noted that the official reeked of marijuana cigarettes.
Election officials have also struggled to find letter openers, which all seem to have been misplaced, and currently have one scanner, which unfortunately is just a traditional computer scanner attached to an HP all in one printer. Miami County also failed to solicit enough volunteers, meaning the count is being done by the limited staff at the Board of Elections. If the election was closer in Ohio, this would mean a lot of press and attention on Miami County, but fortunately for the Board of Elections, everyone has been too distracted to notice.
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