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OH-15: New Numbers & Developments

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November 10, 2006

Like Gongwer, the Columbus Dispatch reports 9137 absentee ballots in the Pryce-Kilroy race from Franklin County. The Dispatch refines the number of relevant provisional ballots: 9469 from Franklin County in 0H-15 alone; 878 provisional ballots from precincts that OH-15 shares with another congressional district. The Dispatch adds that there are 918 uncounted absentee or provisional ballots from Madison and Union counties applicable to OH-15. Based on ballots already counted, Pryce has a 3536 vote margin over Kilroy.

(There appears to be some confusion concerning the current unofficial totals for Pryce and Kilroy in the ballots counted so far. The Dispatch reports that the Secretary of State has Pryce ahead by 3536, whereas the Franklin County Board of Elections put Pryce's lead at 2835 (across the entire district, not just Franklin County). Our best analysis of this discrepancy is that in computing the total votes for both candidates, the Franklin County BOE appears to be using a figure for Union County ballots that neither Union County itself nor the Secretary of State is using.)

According to the Dispatch report, the Franklin County Board of Elections will announce a final count of all ballots on Tuesday, November 21, and will not issue a count of the absentee ballots before then, but instead will wait to release the count of absentee and provisional ballots at the same time. The Dispatch did not say when Madison and Union counties would be announcing their final counts.

In addition, the Dispatch noted that attorneys for the parties in NEOHC v. Blackwell—the case involving a pre-election challenge to the administration of Ohio’s voter ID laws, which resulted in a consent order that (in its Point 8) specifies rules for counting provisional ballots—returned to federal court yesterday for further “negotiating” concerning those rules. The attorneys also plan to meet again today. No further details about this litigation development are available at this time; nor are any new documents in this, or the related KLBNA v. Blackwell case, posted on the federal court’s website.