Legal fight over ballots could cost Ohio county

A ballot dispute in a southwest Ohio 2010 juvenile court judge race could end up being almost expensive as the county's general election that year.

There's an ongoing court battle over counting certain provisional ballots in the Hamilton County race between Republican John Williams and Democrat Tracie Hunter.

Hunter sued the county elections board, and the case is under appeal. It has led to large legal bills. Hunter's lawyer says her bill is $800,000 so far.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that could rise if Hunter prevails and a multiplier is applied for damages, putting the county on the hook for up to $1.4 million.

The county's GOP leader accuses Hunter's lawyer of political spin.

He says a judge would decide on any fees, and Republicans could fight it.

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