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Week later, more than 300,000 Ohio votes remain uncounted

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The presidential election results in Ohio were close: According to still-unofficial figures from the Secretary of State, Barack Obama won the state with 2,690,841 votes to Mitt Romney’s 2,583,582 votes — a winning margin of 107,259 votes for the president.  In percentage terms, that is 50.18 percent of the vote for Obama, and 48.18 percent for Romney.

But those numbers will change.  Remember when, before the election, many observers discussed the possibility the results could be decided by the large number of provisional ballots that might be cast in Ohio?  Well, those provisional ballots were cast, and they have not yet been counted. Neither have a significant number of absentee ballots.  Together, the number of uncounted ballots is larger than Obama’s margin of victory.

According to the Secretary of State, there are 204,927 uncounted provisional ballots and 119,535 absentee ballots, for a total of 324,462 ballots.  That is roughly three times the president’s 107,259-vote winning margin.

“The official canvass starts on the 17th of this month,” says Matt McClellan, a spokesman for the Ohio Secretary of State.  “There will be no updated numbers until the counties have certified their results, which could be as late as the 27th.”  That means no provisional or absentee ballots will be counted until at least the 17th, and no announcements until days after that.  In fact, some absentee ballots are still being received; Ohio law says they will be counted if they arrive by November 16, as long as they were postmarked by November 5.

Not all provisional or absentee ballots will be counted.  They are subject to challenge and often contain mistakes made by voters or poll workers.  In 2008, Ohio issue 206,859 provisional ballots, and in the end 166,870 were counted.  If that rate were to hold this year, that would mean the same number of provisional ballots, about 165,000, will be added to the vote totals.

 

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  1. Timwi

    November 14th, 2012

    Did you see this?? Obama mined the Facebook/iphone accounts of millions (in small print gave access in his email according to Althouse) and than on election day was able to send texts to individual citizens- not campaign members- showing who among their friends and in their geographical area had not voted and asked them to get those people to vote in real time on election day! http://thekitchencabinet.us/exclusive-democrats-might-have-won-by-stealing-your-private-information/

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  2. Da Penguin Asks: Are we there yet

    November 14th, 2012

    it is not who votes that counts but who counts the votes

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  3. Mr.Pinko

    November 14th, 2012

    Hey, you never know – all 300,000 votes could be for Romney and none for Obama.

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  4. muddjuice (Absolutist)

    November 14th, 2012

    And? What? If Romney, by some fluke, ends up winning Ohio after these are counted…what then?

    That doesn’t win the WH, does it? Even if they uncovered massive fraud and sway the election totally to Romney, does anyone think they’d throw obama out?

    Nope. It’s all rigged, friends……

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  5. it dont add up

    November 14th, 2012

    cmon cmon they ONLY count provisonal, absentee, and military ballots when THEY need the votes to win by any means necessary …MOFOs

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  6. eternal cracker p

    November 14th, 2012

    I dunno why they bothered counting any of them in the first place.

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  7. FreedomCat

    November 14th, 2012

    @Mudd – I agree 100%. Why did Romney not fight like West? This has been rigged. Our Country is no more.

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  8. Uncle Dirt

    November 14th, 2012

    I am pretty sure that the a$$hats in charge will discover that they are all votes for Obama. I have no faith in the system.

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  9. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    November 14th, 2012

    Is the Secretary of State a ‘RAT?

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  10. Captain Bloodblister

    November 14th, 2012

     
  11. Unruly Refugee

    November 14th, 2012

    The Bastard 0bama never LEGALLY won anything in his miserable life. HE IS NOT THE PRESIDENT — AGAIN.

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