Ohio Special Election hanging on 8500 uncounted votes

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The winner in Ohio’s high-profile special election for a U.S. House seat may not be known for weeks.

That’s according to the Ohio secretary of state’s office, which says state law doesn’t permit election officials to begin counting provisional and outstanding absentee ballots until the 11th day after the election, Aug. 18.

There are 3,435 provision ballots and 5,048 outstanding absentee ballots.

The process is complex. Four appointed members of each board of elections — two Republicans and two Democrats — determine which provisional ballots are eligible in a public meeting. County officials have until Aug. 24 to finish their work.

Then, if the margin between Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O’Connor is less than one-half of 1 percent, an automatic recount is triggered.

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