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Provisional Ballots Still Provisional

John Williams and his staff have to process 12,000 provisional ballots filed in Hamilton County. John Williams and his staff have to process 12,000 provisional ballots filed in Hamilton County.
Mary Huttlinger says the race isn't finished. Mary Huttlinger says the race isn't finished.
Silverton mayor, John Smith, says he doesn't know if his vote has been counted. Silverton mayor, John Smith, says he doesn't know if his vote has been counted.

Ohio's Second Congressional District race still isn't over, at least that's what Victoria Wulsin's camp says.  They're relying on the provisional ballots and calling on voters to make sure their votes have been counted.

"We haven't counted yet." John Williams of the Hamilton County Board of Elections says they're only preparing the ballots to be counted, he says it's a long process.  "Making sure things were done that were supposed to be done if mistakes were made we correct them."

Dr. Victoria Wulsin's camp is counting on those provisional ballots to swing the second district race in her favor.  "This race is not yet over it's like running a fifty yard dash and only getting 45 yards." says Mary Huttlinger of the Wulsin campaign.  Wulsin's camp is urging voters to call the Board of Elections to make sure their votes will be counted.  They're afraid that provsional ballots cast by those without proper identification will be thrown out, including the vote of the Mayor of Silverton.  "I don't know if my vote has been counted or not I want my vote counted." Mayor John Smith voted on a provisional ballot before election day. 

"We look at every envelope.  Some envelopes go through serious levels of review look at as many places as we can to find out what the problem was on election day."  Williams says they're working as quickly as they can but being thorough is more important. 

It will still be several days before Victoria Wulsin knows whether the provisional ballots will make her a Congresswoman but history isn't in her favor.  "It's very rare to see a tremendous swing we didn't see that in '04." says Williams.

The Board of Elections will begin counting provisional ballots on Wednesday morning.

Reporter: Corey McConnell

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