“That clearly didn’t happen,” said Butler County Board of Elections Director Diane Noonan after the elections office received the 318 ballots.
“We are deeply disappointed by the failure of the postal service to deliver these properly cast ballots prior to the May 8 deadline,” she said.
Ohio Secretary of State spokeswoman Maggie Sheehan said as far as they know, this has only happened in Butler County. She also said Secretary of State Frank LaRose wrote a letter to USPS Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman “calling for an investigation.”
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This ballot issue comes on the heels of an election cycle never before seen. Because of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic, the state declared a public health emergency and thus postponing the March 17 presidential primary, which was eventually set for April 28 by the state legislature.
Lawmakers also converted the primary to an all vote-by-mail election with very limited in-person voting.
The late-arriving ballots will not be opened, said Noonan and Corbin.