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Buckeyes should be proud of 2012 presidential election

11/22/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Guest Editorial

By Jon Husted

Ohioans have proved once again that when it comes to conducting fair and efficient elections, our state gets it right. However, the success we enjoyed [Nov. 6] would not have been possible without the help of elections officials in all 88 counties and a team of more than 40,000 poll workers who were on the front lines to ensure Election Day ran smoothly.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Ohio’s elections officials and poll workers who don’t get credit for the jobs they do and the positive face they put on our democracy. Ohio voters deserve a lot of credit as well for wearing our battleground-state status with tremendous pride and a deep sense of responsibility.

Although I was among the record number of 1.8 million Ohioans who voted absentee prior to Election Day, I had the chance to visit a few polling locations [that day]. I witnessed voters enjoying friendly conversations with poll workers and saw first-hand the pride each poll worker had for what they were doing.

Not just the nation, but the world was watching Ohio on Election Day. To help put it into perspective, on [Election Day] alone, my website included our Election Night reporting traffic had more than 2.6 million views throughout the day. Ohio voters taking advantage of my online polling location lookup topped more than 416,000, and 398,000 took advantage of voter information lookup on the website. The election in Ohio was truly fair and accessible, allowing anyone from all over the world to view results with our Election Night reporting system and learn more about the Ohio Election process.

Despite the outcome and whether your favored candidate or issue won the day, we can all be proud that we delivered an election that accurately reflected the collective will of voters. Our system can always be better, but with the world watching, Ohioans can be proud of the fact we ran a good election and that the integrity of the process was sound.

Jon Husted is Ohio Secretary of State.

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