Ohio's Secretary of State Frank LaRose certified the results of the 2020 general election on Friday, delivering the state's 18 electoral votes to President Donald Trump, who beat Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden by about 8 percentage points.
The state's final certified results gives 3,154,834 votes (53.2 percent) for Trump and 2,679,165 (45.2 percent) for Biden.
The overall voter turnout was a "record" 74 percent, LaRose said.
Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, signed off on the certificate of ascertainment soon afterward, reported The Associated Press.The state reported that the rate of rejection of absentee mail-in ballots was slashed in half in the November 2020 election compared to previous elections, due to "reforms put in place by Secretary LaRose and the efforts of county boards of elections."
The announcement also noted that 94 percent of absentee ballots were returned, which surpasses rates from 2008, 2012, and 2016.
“Whether your favorite candidates won or lost, Ohioans can trust that this result was accurate and honest," he said. “That's our mission. That's what we do here at the Secretary of State's Office and that's what we do in 88 county boards of elections.”
“Abraham Lincoln said the election belongs to the people. It was true then, and it's just as true now,” he said.
Six battleground states are currently facing ongoing litigation or vote recounts amid allegations of voting irregularities from the Trump campaign and hundreds of witnesses across the nation. The situation within each state appears to be rapidly developing. With 79 electoral votes between them, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada will likely decide the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.While Biden has declared victory and media outlets have begun to refer to him as “president-elect," The Epoch Times won’t declare a winner of the 2020 presidential election until all results are certified and any legal challenges are resolved.
The Electoral College will vote on Dec. 14 to decide the outcome of the race. The votes will be counted during the Jan. 6, 2021 Joint Session of Congress in Washington.