Nov 17, 2022 - Politics

Ohio's weirdest election results

A man in an American flag-themed hat and "Vote" mask stands outside a polling place.

A pair of Ohio elections officials in October. Photo: Dustin Franz/AFP via Getty Images

👋 Tyler here. Elections are stressful, high-stakes affairs, which is why I try to seek some levity afterward by scouring the unofficial results of Ohio's 88 counties for the most unusual items I can find.

  • Odd levies, razor-thin margins … yeah, I'm a dork. But it's fun.

The intrigue: You'd be surprised how many results are decided by just a few votes — if that.

  • Every vote counts, as the village of North Robinson in Crawford County now appreciates after its levy passed 37 to 36.
  • Or ask Rushsylvania in Logan County, where the levy failed by one: 80 to 79.

Elsewhere in Ohio …

🥂 Drink up? While Lucasville voters in Scioto County passed a ballot option allowing a bake shop to sell beer and wine, a separate item to allow Sunday alcohol sales in the same shop failed by a single vote.

ğŸ˜Ž Staying Cool. The citizens of Coolville in Athens County rejected a ballot issue that would have dissolved the village.

🍁 Right-wing reefer. Laurelville in Hocking County voted for a straight Republican ticket while also passing a village ordinance to decriminalize misdemeanor marijuana offenses.

🤏 Very bipartisan votes. The closest Senate margin of any Ohio county may have been in Montgomery, where voters went 49.98% for Tim Ryan and 49.78% for Vance.

  • Another 44 citizens inexplicably voted for both candidates, invalidating their own ballots.

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