LIMA — Allen County Republican Chairman Keith Cheney will have a front-row view to the end of Ohio’s role in the presidential election on Monday.
Chosen as one of Ohio’s 18 electors due to his work with Ohio’s Republican Party, Cheney heads to Columbus Monday for the largely formal process taking place in the Ohio Statehouse, where he will confirm the 4th Congressional District’s electoral vote for Donald Trump.
“It is very scripted about what needs to be done to comply with the law, and we look forward to doing it,” Cheney said.
Similar to other states, Ohio’s electors are required to confirm the votes cast by the larger electorate. Since Ohio voters delivered roughly 500,000 more ballots for Trump, it will be Republican electors who end fulfilling such roles on Monday.
During the process, Cheney said Ohio’s 18 electors will be seated in Senate Chambers, and the meeting will be opened by Secretary of State Frank LaRose, who administered the state’s election. The meeting will then move through a number of formalized proceedings until each electoral ballot is signed and the meeting is concluded.
The whole process should take roughly an hour, Cheney said.
Once signed, electoral ballots will then be sent to Congress by registered mail to be formally counted in those chambers on January 6.
During Monday’s meeting, Cheney may also get the opportunity for an expanded role depending if all of Ohio’s selected electors can make it to Columbus. In case of an electoral substitution, he has been assigned to be a temporary chairman of the electoral delegation, which would require him to take the podium and confirm any new substitute electors.
All-in-all, Cheney said the experience will be once in a lifetime.
“I’m very fortunate to serve in that capacity. It’s certainly an honor and a civic duty to carry out,” he said.
Those in attendance during the proceedings will include the 18 electors, LaRose, Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, media representatives and congressional staff.
Those interested in watching the entire meeting can find it streamed live on the Ohio Channel on Monday starting at noon.
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