Guernsey County Board of Elections Director Lori A. Bamfield and Deputy Director Marcia M. Metcalfe recently announced the successful completion of an audit of votes cast in the General Election on Nov. 5 of last year.

The audit has confirmed the accuracy of the results.

The director, deputy director and board of elections members were present for the random audit of the required 5 percent of the total votes cast for the Countryview Assisted Living Center tax levy.

"The hand count of ballots matched the machine tabulated count exactly," said the Guernsey County Board of Elections in a report.

In Ohio, post-election audits are normally required to be conducted following each general election in an even-numbered year and after each presidential primary election.

However, with the implementation of new voting equipment in many Ohio counties last year, Secretary of State Frank LaRose directed all boards of elections to conduct a post-election audit following the November 2019 election in order to further validate election results.

With this additional process, the voters of Guernsey County can be confident in the accuracy of the election.

"As new voting machines come to Ohio, we want voters to have the utmost confidence in the accuracy of their elections," said LaRose. "This successful audit confirms the results were correct and goes a long way to ensure Guernsey County will be ready for 2020.

"The confidence of Ohio’s voters is a top priority, so this audit provides an additional assurance that their county’s results are accurate and honest. By requiring this audit, we’re taking that extra step and leaving no doubt that the winners are the winners," added LaRose.