5 things to know about what happens after Election Day in Ohio

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Elections results are never final on Election Day in Ohio.

The final ballot is cast on Election Day, kicking off a weeks-long process at the state’s 88 county boards of election before results are final and official.

Here are five things to know:

1. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented number of people voting by mail, which will likely lead to a greater than usual number of absentee ballots needing counted after Election Day. Those would include valid late-arriving absentee ballots from Ohio voters in the military, overseas and in the U.S.

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2. Valid absentee ballots that are postmarked by Nov. 2 and arrive at the board office by Nov. 13 will be counted, along with valid provisional ballots cast by voters on Election Day.

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3. The counting and validation process is governed by Ohio law, Ohio Secretary of State directives and policies and procedures in the Ohio Election Manual.

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4. Bipartisan teams of board staff handle and process ballots, and the bipartisan board of election makes decisions about counting ballots that have not been properly filled out or are damaged.

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5. The deadline for the board of elections to certify results is Nov. 18 and all recounts and post-election audits are done after that.

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