Franklin County's 27,306 provisional ballots came one step closer to being counted after a federal judge ordered today that 1,000 of them whose validity was questioned should be counted.
However, a challenge to the 1,000 ballots could still put the count on hold until the order can be appealed. U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley said he will decide this evening whether to put his order on hold pending the appeal.
A final count would decide the 15th Congressional District race between Republican Steve Stivers and Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy. Stivers holds a 149-vote lead, according to the Franklin County Board of Elections....
Republican Stivers said he would appeal. Isn't this amazing? Why can't they just count the ballots? Stivers is trying to use legal delays to stop the counting of the votes. Let the Franklin County Board of Elections know that you want all the votes counted now. You can contact the FCBOE at (614) 462-3100.
I find it absolutely incredible that Stivers is doing his part to try to find a "friendly" judge who will allow him to win. We are tired of all these delays-----just count all the votes.