Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges sent out a fundraising email this week titled “Don’t let them steal it.” In the email, Borges claimed Ohio Democrats are trying to “steal” the still-too-close-to-call race for Ohio Supreme Court between Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge John O’Donnell (D) and Cincinnati appellate Judge Pat Fischer (R).
Here are the facts:
As of today, there are currently “261,000 provisional ballots and late-arriving absentee ballots” outstanding in counties around the state.
Prior to those ballots, Fischer was leading by 24,000 votes. An automatic recount will be triggered if the difference is fewer than 10,600 votes.
According to state law, county boards of election have until November 29th to process the uncounted ballots.
But Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted issued a controversial directive (16-47) last week imposing a new, revised schedule: “Each board of elections must complete its official canvass, certify its results, and submit all reports to the Secretary of State no later than 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2016” – five days earlier than state law prescribes.
County Boards are protesting, but we hear that some local Republican Board members are rolling over and giving into Husted’s wish to rush the process unnecessarily.
Careful who you accuse of “stealing” things.