DAYTON, Ohio — Officials in Montgomery County are asking Gov. John Kasich to leave the 3rd Congressional District intact during the redistricting process.
Montgomery County commissioners are concerned that any further reductions of the district would negatively affect the city of Dayton and surrounding county. According to the Dayton Daily News, the commissioners believe the county would best be served by one member of Congress who could fully focus on the community and its issues.
In the 2001 redistricting, the 3rd District lost 22 percent of itself to the 8th District.
As absentee results come in, Montgomery County board of elections official Steve Harsman assures voters their ballot will be counted
"First and foremost, anyone who voted early or by absentee, if their ballot was eligable to be counted, it will be included in that total. There's a myth by a lot of voters in the public and the media that those ballots are only counted if the race is close, and in fact, it's the opposite. It's the first set of results and the ballots that we count first," says Harsman.