Federal data says toxic emissions are declining in central Ohio.
A 3-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that the Ohio Supreme Court rather than federal court is the proper forum to decide whether thousands of provisional ballots will be counted. Riding on the outcome of that count is the congressional race in Ohio’s 15th District where Republican Steve Stivers leads Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy by fewer than 600 votes.
A federal judge in Columbus has ruled that about 1,000 disputed provisional ballots cast in Franklin County must be counted. Those ballots could determine the outcome of the 15th congressional district race between Republican Steve Stivers and Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy.
The Franklin County Board of Elections is sorting through more than 27,000 ballots. That’s the number of provisional ballots that were cast on Election Day and during the 30-day early voting period that preceded it. A provisional ballot, as the name implies, may or may not count.
Provisional Ballots, Computer Glitches, Poll Worker and Voter Errors All Part of Election Day Headaches, Delays
The Franklin County Board of Elections today is correcting some ballot counts and processing more than 27,000 provisional ballots in a bid to put the wraps on Election 2008. But a Congressional race hangs in the balance.
Voting machine problems and the crashing of the Franklin County phone system marked Election 2006 in Columbus. But a larger problem seems to be poll workers requiring some voters to cast provisional ballots.
The Franklin County Board of Elections is still not sure how to handle provisional ballots on election day. The board is asking Secretary of State Ken Blackwell to clarify a recent ruling he made on how to deal the ballots.