Tuesday winners in tight primary races might hold off before celebrating.
Carol Lawler, director of the Medina County Board of Elections, said Thursday that her office is still processing 855 provisional ballots, as well as 360 outstanding absentee ballots that were received.
She said all ballots will be processed for certification at the election meeting April 5.
Lawler said it’s possible the outcome of some races could change when the results become official. All election results remain unofficial.
In the Republican race for Medina County commissioner, challenger Bill Hutson surpassed incumbent Tim Smith by just 71 votes, 13,088 to 13,017.
Also, there were eight issues on the ballot. The outcome of seven of them could change if many of the provisional or absentee ballots are allowed.
A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions about a voter’s eligibility. Among the reasons a provisional ballot would be cast is if a voter’s name doesn’t appear on the electoral roll for that precinct, a voter’s registration contains inaccurate or outdated information such as the wrong address or a misspelled name or a voter’s ballot has already been recorded.
Other ballots that the Medina board is responsible for include those arriving as a result of compliance with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, which is commonly referred to as UOCAVA and covers members of the uniformed services, merchant marines, their family members and any U.S. citizens residing outside the country.
Lawler said non-UOCAVA absentee ballots that were postmarked by March 14, and received at the board by the 10th day after the election, March 25, are eligible to be counted.