During the Nov. 3, general election last week, more than 144 million registered voters cast ballots by mail, early voting or at a polling precinct on Election Day.
That’s the highest rate of U.S. voting in 120 years.
In Ohio, more than 5.76 million ballots were counted, with a few more likely to come in. Ohio law states absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2 and can be counted if they arrive at boards of elections offices by Nov. 13.
The tally here and nationwide will go down in history.
No matter how you voted in the presidential race between Republican incumbent President Donald J. Trump and Democratic challenger Joseph R. Biden, we all should take pride in the integrity of the election process. Though there are pending Republican lawsuits in a number of states including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Nevada, they so far have been shown to have no legal merit.
Ohio’s standing as a bellwether state changed with its overwhelming voter support of Mr. Trump, who lost nationwide to Mr. Biden. Trump received 53.3 percent of the votes in Ohio compared to Mr. Biden’s 45.2 percent. About 60.5 percent of Geauga County voters supported Mr. Trump while 66.5 percent of Cuyahoga County voters backed Mr. Biden, according to unofficial tallies from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.
The rising number of COVID-19 cases – more than 261,000 in Ohio and 10.3 million in the U.S. with 5,547 and 240,000 deaths respectively – certainly influenced how people voted and the manner in which they turned in their ballots.
Through all these circumstances, election workers stood up to the pressure and kept the process fair, accurate and honest. They should be commended for that here in Ohio and nationwide.
In addition to noting that the process is working so well, we are thrilled that so many people decided to cast a ballot. This is democracy in action.