Provisional ballots could change election results

By Kristin Bednarski
Sun staff

Election results for two school levies in Clermont County were relatively close Nov. 6.

Batavia Local School District unofficially passed a bond issue and operational levy by just 44 votes and Milford Exempted Village School District failed to pass its operational levy by 299 votes.

As the votes stand now, Clermont County Board of Elections Director Judy Miller said neither district would qualify for an automatic re-count, however Miller said both districts had a number of provisional that still must be counted.

“When we add the provisionals that might change,” Miller said.

She said there were 221 provisional ballots in Batavia Local School District and 639 provisional ballots in Milford Exempted Village School District.

Miller said results could still change depending on the results after provisional ballots are counted.

She said if the votes are close enough, a recount could take place.

“If it’s an automatic recount, it can’t commence earlier than six days after the certification,” Miller said. “If someone has a paid recount, the same thing.”

Miller said that would put the start time for the recount Dec. 3-7.

Miller said in the past, they have found that provisional ballots tend to be more in favor of levies.

“The majority of provisional votes are people moving and are new to the precinct,” Miller said. “When we added the last Milford levy the provisionals tended to be “yes” votes.”

She said the will not know one way or the other, however, until provisional ballots are added.

“Tuesday, Nov. 20, they will start the review and tell us which to add,” Miller said about reviewing and counting provisional ballots. “November 27 the official count will be released at the certification.”