The Champaign County Board of Elections met Wednesday to count provisional ballots from the Nov. 8 election and to certify final results. The outcome didn’t change for any candidate or issue, and there were no votes close enough to warrant automatic recounts.
Seventy-two percent of registered voters in the county voted in this presidential election. Champaign County has 25,697 registered voters, and 18,548 cast ballots.
Sixty-seven percent of registered county voters voted in the last presidential election, in 2012, according to county BOE Deputy Director Jodi Flora. Seventy-three percent of registered county voters cast ballots in the 2008 presidential election, she said.
On Wednesday, the board counted 446 provisional ballots and rejected 51 provisional ballots. Flora said 46 of the ballots not counted were submitted by people not registered in the state as voters. Five ballots were not counted because of people voting at the wrong polling location.
Flora advised that people should contact the county board of elections whenever they move to update BOE records and to learn whether they have a new polling site.
“All they have to do is come in and do a change of address,” she said. “It’s a good practice to make sure everything’s current.”
Due to a state rule change, voters could choose any line at their polling site on election day. Flora said voters and poll workers reported that this went well. “There were no long lines that way,” she said.
The official count for Champaign County ballots cast for presidential hopefuls was as follows: Hillary Clinton, Democrat Party, 4,594 votes; Richard Duncan, no party, 104 votes; Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party, 582 votes; Jill Stein, Green Party, 147 votes; Donald Trump, Republican Party, 12,631 votes.
Flora said 185 voters cast ballots for legitimate write-in candidates, individuals who filed as write-in candidates. There were 141 write-in votes for people who were not legitimate write-in candidates. Those votes are not part of the official count.
Kathy Fox can be reached at 937-652-1331, ext. 1773.