Politics
10:12 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Ohio Elections Chief Breaks Tie Over Ballot Count

Ohio's elections chief has sided with fellow members of the Republican party in breaking a tie vote over counting ballots in a disputed 2010 juvenile court election.

Secretary of State Jon Husted on Tuesday agreed that the Hamilton County Board of Elections in southwest Ohio should appeal a Feb. 8 court order requiring it to count hundreds of provisional ballots.

The Republican in the race holds a 23-vote lead over the Democrat, and the board's Democrats want the disputed votes tallied. The board's two Republicans say the ballots aren't eligible.

A federal judge ordered the ballots counted. She said poll worker error caused votes to be cast in the wrong precincts even though voters were at the right polling location.