Some precincts saw much shorter lines on election day thanks to the popularity of early voting and absentee ballots. But with the increase in early voters, the question has been raised: Does a vote still count if the voter dies before election day?
According to this article from the Plain Dealer, the answer is yes.
Ohio law has never dealt with the situation specifically, but after receiving the inquiry, the Ohio Secretary of State’s office issued a ruling.
Laws differ from state to state, however. Previously, the vote of a South-Dakota woman who voted for Hilary Clinton in the Democratic Primary was nullified as she died before the day of the actual Primary. In a similar case, President Obama’s late grandmother cast her absentee ballot for her grandson in Hawaii, where her ballot was still counted after her death.