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Outstanding Ballots Could Impact Close Montgomery County Races

Election, a pile of pens that say I voted today, Montgomery County Board of Elections
Leila Goldstein

Around 70% of registered voters in Montgomery County turned out for this election, according to the secretary of state’s unofficial count. The unofficial numbers from the Montgomery County Board of Elections show incumbents leading in several contested county government races.

County Commissioners Judy Dodge and Deborah Lieberman, two Democrats up for re-election, both have over 2% leads in the preliminary count against their respective Republican challengers Arlene Setzer and Bob Matthews.

In the race for the county clerk of courts, incumbent Republican Mike Foley leads by almost 10% against Democrat Zach Dickerson.

In the very close race for county treasurer, Republican challenger John McManus has a less than 1% lead over Democratic incumbent Russ Joseph.

According to the secretary of state’s office, Montgomery County has over 13,000 absentee and provisional ballots still outstanding. These votes could affect the outcomes of the two county commissioner races and the county treasurer race. Absentee ballots can still be counted if they are postmarked by Nov. 2 and received in the mail within 10 days of the election.

While working at the station Leila Goldstein has covered the economic effects of grocery cooperatives, police reform efforts in Dayton and the local impact of the coronavirus pandemic on hiring trends, telehealth and public parks. She also reported Trafficked, a four part series on misinformation and human trafficking in Ohio.