Inside Pitch
12:28 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Official count unlikely to change Issue 4 vote

Tuesday is the day Ohio's 88 county boards of elections must report their final official results from the Nov. 6 election to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

In Hamilton County, that official count will include 13,771 provisional ballots cast on election that were deemed valid by the board of elections last week.

Those votes could have an impact on one ballot issue that was passed by a fairly narrow margin on election day - Issue 4, which would set four-year terms for Cincinnati City Council members.

But because provisional ballots tend to be Democratic and Issue 4 was endorsed on the Hamilton County Democratic Party's sample ballot, most observers do not expect the result to change. On election day, Issue 4 passed by 2,183 votes out of about 120,000 cast.

The Hamilton County Board will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the board offices at 824 Broadway downtown to certifiy results.