Nearly 9,000 voters who requested absentee ballots to vote in last week’s primary election in six local counties didn’t get a ballot because their request was either mailed too late or improperly filled out, a Dayton Daily News analysis found.
This illustrates obstacles for state and local elections officials gearing up for a much-larger presidential election in November where an unprecedented number of people may opt for mail-in voting because of coronavirus concerns. Absentee ballot request forms mailed before the election continued pouring in to local elections boards for days after the primary election day of April 28, officials said. Interviews with Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren county elections officials estimate the number of requests received after the deadline at more than 4,000 in those counties two days after the election, with more still coming in.
“There are a ton of them,” said Montgomery County Board of Elections Deputy Director Steve Harsman, estimating between 1,500 and 2,000 requests came to his office late. “I’d have liked to have had them on Friday, (April 24), when we could have had them processed. It’s too many.”