The special election in Ohio this week was declared too close to call, even though Republican Troy Balderson had over a thousand more votes. Now the margin is getting smaller as new votes are found. What is going on here?
Ohio Race Just Got Even Closer as Hundreds of Uncounted Votes Discovered
Election officials in Ohio found 588 uncounted votes Wednesday in a suburb of Columbus, county officials said.
After counting the ballots, Republican Troy Balderson received 198 votes; Democrat Danny O’Connor got 388 votes; and Joe Manchik, 2 votes. Thus, O’Connor gained 190 on Balderson, who currently leads by 1,564 votes in the close race.
“The votes from a portion of one voting location had not been processed into the tabulation system,” officials explained. “Election night results are tabulated through the use of a device called a master PEB that is returned to the Board along with flash drives from each machine. The Griswold Center voting location had two master PEB’s, only one of which was read and processed into the tabulation system on Election Night. The additional votes identified during this preliminary audit will be reflected in the final official results certified by the Board of Elections on August 24th.”
If this ends up tilting to the Democrat for “found” votes, they might as well declare the election invalid and hold it again. Why does this even happen?