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.”