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    Tuesday, November 07, 2006

    Early Election Returns Say "Wait Awhile"

    We aren't going to know who won for days, at least not in a lot of the local races, and maybe not even in some of the closer statewide races.

    An estimated 27,000 absentee ballots received after last Friday by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections won't be counted today.

    They are projecting an estimated 22,000 provisional ballots, which may or may not be counted.

    This is all in addition to the 3,100 overseas ballots, which get an extra 10 days to return -- and that's fine.

    But that means a lot of races could be too close to call tonight, especially county-wide races. It is highly improbable that the uncounted would deviate greatly from the counted. 27,000 uncounted votes shouldn't all be for the same candidate in a contested race. But in a close race that's just a couple thousand votes apart, it could swing.

    Comments on "Early Election Returns Say "Wait Awhile""


    Blogger anne said ... (4:54 PM, November 07, 2006) : 

    I've been reading some accounts around Ohio of people waiting in lines for hours, broken machines, volunteers giving out misinformation. Some of the blogs are funny, people from LA and Philly and other places writing in to encourage people not to give up on the system. Like cheerleaders.

    It's been calm here in CH as far as I can tell.


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