The absentee and provisional counting process for the special House election to replace resigned-Rep. Pat Tiberi (R) is underway, and despite Democratic Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor getting an approximate net 200 vote boost when the first Franklin County late absentees were tabulated, the remaining picture looks to favor state Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville), the overall race leader and likely winner.
Though over 5,000 absentee ballots were potentially outstanding, it appears that, according to the latest report from the Columbus Dispatch newspaper, only 1,070 were returned to the appropriate county election office. Over 3,500 provisional ballots are still not tabulated, but many of them will be disqualified. In any event, the certification process must be completed by August 24th, at which time an official winner will be declared.
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