SHEFFIELD TWP. — The Lorain County Board of Elections voted to reject a total of 72 votes, 36 absentee ballots and 36 provisional ballots from the May 8 primary election.
The 36 rejected absentee ballots make up 1 percent of the 3,487 absentee ballots cast in the county, according to the Board of Elections.
Most of the absentee ballots that were rejected — 26 — were because the ballots were not received on time or missed the deadline. Absentee ballots must be returned in person to the board of elections by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day or must be postmarked no later than the day before Election Day and received at the Board of Elections no later than the 10th day after Election Day.
Also, three absentee ballots did not include proper identification, one was returned without an identification envelope, two were returned without a signature and one was turned in to a polling location rather than the Board of Elections, all of which were grounds for the ballots to be rejected.
Additionally, three ballots were rejected before being returned with a signature that did not match the one on file at the Board of Elections. Director Paul Adams said the Board of Elections has reached out to the voters in question but hasn’t heard back from them.
Board members stated that if the voters do no respond soon, the county Prosecutor’s Office could be contacted to investigate voter fraud.
The 36 provisional ballots that were rejected make up nearly 10 percent of the 380 total provisional ballots received in the county.
Of the 36 rejected provisional ballots, 23 were due to provisional voters not being registered to vote in the state at least 30 days before the election.
Eight provisional ballots were rejected because the voter already had cast a ballot, two because the ballot was marked ‘void,’ two because the voter did not provide a current, or provided an incomplete, address, and two were rejected because the voter voted in the wrong precinct and the wrong polling location. In one case, the voter was referred to the correct polling place but refused to go to it, and in the other the voter arrived at the incorrect vote center and said there wasn’t enough time to make it there before the polls closed.
The Board of Elections is scheduled to certify the May 8 primary election results Thursday afternoon.