Ohio confirmed its election results on Friday, giving the state 18 votes to President Trump.
Trump won 2,679,165 votes by President-elect Joe Biden by 8.03 percentage points to 3,154,834 votes.
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“I have full confidence that Ohio’s voice was spoken in a fair and honest election,” Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said in an interview with News Center 7.
LaRose, a Republican, says Trump has every right to enforce legitimate legal claims, but it does a bad service to democracy if the challenges to the outcome all turn out to be unfounded. According to him, trust in election results is “the foundation of our way of life in a democracy”.
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“When people invent conspiracies about non-reality-based choices, it’s harmful and irresponsible and can’t happen,” LaRose told the Associated Press. “Because it’s a fact that elections are conducted better and more honestly than they actually are, I think they ever were.”
The state cast a record number of votes this election season – more than 200,000 more than in 2016 – a significant increase in the number of early and absentees due to the coronavirus epidemic.
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A total of 5,974,121 votes were cast in Ohio, and the turnout was 0.42%, an improvement over the last election, officials said.