State Rep. Alicia Reece Applauds Decision of Federal Court to Count Provisional Ballots

Today, the 6th District U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the State of Ohio must count provisional ballots cast in the right polling place but wrong precinct as a result of poll-worker error. This decision upholds a ruling issued in August by the lower court and brings a much needed layer of protection for Ohio voters. Over 14,000 provisional ballots were cast in the wrong precinct due to poll worker error; a large portion of such votes must now be counted.

State Rep. Alicia Reece (D- Cincinnati), who introduced H.B. 76 (“Count the Votes” Bill) in February of 2011, released the following statement:

“While I am saddened that the Ohio General Assembly did not pass legislation to count provisional ballots where poll-worker error occurred, I am pleased the federal court has ruled to ensure the votes of Ohioans are fairly counted. I would urge the State of Ohio not to appeal this decision and to restore the integrity of our voting process.”

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