Reporting the election night numbers


By Frank Lewis

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I am proud to say the Daily Times newsroom is one of the busiest places I have ever worked. Our staff produces more local news content than ever in the history of this newspaper and when news breaks, it is online almost immediately. But election night is really special and that same staff goes into high gear to make sure you are kept up to date on all the local races and the outcomes of all the levies and issues.

This year our new publisher, Hope Comer insisted we cover every race in the county because, quite honestly, sometimes in the past, some of the townships sort of got lost in the shuffle. She vowed that was not going to happen this year, so we have carried stories each day this past week making sure that we cover everything. There should be no reason anyone would go to the polls uninformed.

Under the leadership of Hope and interim editor Wayne Allen, our news staff does its homework in preparation for the big night. We have studied all of the candidates and all of the local levies and the statewide issues and we know what we are looking for when we step into the Scioto County Board of Elections that evening.

Joseph Pratt, Wayne Allen and I will work as late as we need to to make sure up to the minute numbers are posted on our website and on social media. We will talk with those involved in the process and will even be right in the room when the votes are tabulated.

The Scioto County Board of Elections – Julia Gearheart, Teresa Knittel, and their very capable staff work like a well-oiled machine and the board is made up of experienced individuals who understand the process of pulling of an election as efficiently as possible. Throughout the evening we will cover the numbers precinct by precinct, allowing you, our readers, to watch the trends and to know how the races, levies and issues you voted on are coming out.

The Board of Elections cooperation along with our desire to get it right, produces results that will allow our readers to go online and not miss a beat.

We at the Times take our jobs seriously, especially on the one night of the year in which your voice is heard louder than at any other time. Trust us for your election coverage. We will not let you down. Voting is a sacred right in America and no one knows that more than we do.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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