Explaining Ohio’s recount rules

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – In the tight race between Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O’Connor, it could come down to a recount.

With 99% of precincts reporting, fewer than 1,700 votes separate the two candidates.

According to Ohio Revised Code:

If the number of votes cast in any district election for the declared winning nominee, candidate, question, or issue does not exceed the number of votes cast for the declared defeated nominee, candidate, question, or issue by a margin of one-half of one per cent or more of the total vote, the secretary of state shall order a recount which shall be conducted as provided in sections 3515.04 and 3515.05 of the Revised Code.

In other words, if the vote is within .5%, an automatic recount is triggered.

The candidates also have an opportunity to submit a written application for a recount to the Franklin County Board of Elections requesting a recount.

As of 10:30pm, Troy Balderson has a nearly 1,700 vote lead. The total number of votes won’t be known until all absentee and provisional ballots are counted and the results are certified.

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