Hamilton County BOE splits vote on juvenile court judge

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Hamilton County Board of Elections has split its vote to appeal the federal court ruling on the unresolved juvenile court judge race.

In the 2010 race for Hamilton County Juvenile Court judge, discrepancies in counting provisional ballots miscast due to poll worker error led to the outcome being tied up in a lawsuit.

The Board of Elections voted Monday on whether or not to appeal the U.S. Federal Court's ruling to count contested provisional ballots. The vote ended in a tie.

John Williams was appointed to the post by Gov. John Kasich in November of 2011. Initial results from the Nov. 2, 2011 election gave Williams the win over Tracie Hunter by 23 votes. However, there are still about 150 ballots in question.

State Rep. Alicia Reece is asking for a meeting with Secretary of State Jon Husted regarding the matter.

"I am extremely disappointed in the Hamilton County Board of Elections' split vote today to appeal Judge Dlott's decision," said Reece. "The continued delay in resolving this race will cost Hamilton County citizens more of their hard earned tax dollars and will further undermine confidence in Ohio's election process."

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