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Ohio case may set U.S. voting precedent
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Hamilton County counted some bad provisional ballots

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2011 02:51 AM
BY MARK NIQUETTE
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

There's a legal battle unfolding about whether to count certain ballots in Hamilton County that elections experts say could have ramifications for the entire state and even the nation.

The dispute already has produced conflicting rulings from the Ohio Supreme Court and a federal court, and it could require the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in.

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The case involves whether to count certain provisional ballots cast in the Nov. 2 race for Hamilton County Juvenile Court judge, which Republican John Williams won by 23 votes over Democrat Tracie Hunter.

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State law says that for ballots to count, they must come from a voter's correct precinct. The Hamilton County Board of Elections decided to count 27 provisional ballots from the wrong precinct because they were cast at the county elections office and workers mistakenly gave voters the incorrect ballot for their precinct.

The board decided not to count about 150 other ballots cast by voters who went to the correct polling location but apparently were mistakenly directed by poll workers to the wrong table for their precinct and also cast the wrong ballot.

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