COLUMBUS – In yet another example of unprecedented transparency, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has provided the results of county post-election audits online for the first time. In counties that utilized a percentage-based audit, the results show a 99.98% accuracy rate in the presidential election.
“Early last year we set a clear mission -- that Ohio voters would be confident their voice was heard in an honest election,” said LaRose. “The incredible accuracy of the results as reflected in the post-election audits should make every Ohioan proud not only of their bipartisan election officials, but of the system we have in place. Ohio ran a fair and accurate election.”
A post-election audit is a comprehensive review of the results of one or more contests in an election to ensure that the results reported by the board of elections are accurate. Ohio counties may utilize one of two types of audits, both widely considered as reliable ways to determine the accuracy of the results. An automatic county-wide recount may serve as a post-election audit. For the General Election, county boards of elections were required to audit the following (if they did not conduct a county-wide recount):
- The presidential contest;
- The contest for Justice of the Supreme Court -- term beginning 01-01-2021; and
- One countywide contest selected by the board of elections.