The special election race in Ohio’s 12th congressional district between Republican candidate Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O’Connor should have already been called. On election day, Balderson had enough votes to escape an automatic recount and declared himself the winner.
Democrats held on though and are pushing for a recount anyway.
While the election supervisor board was double checking the polling results and voting tallies, they mysteriously found an additional 588 votes. Guess how many were for the Democrat? A whopping 388.
Ohio Special Election continues to get closer as the county finds hundreds of uncounted votes pic.twitter.com/JTa0w85qY9
— Fox & Friends First (@FoxFriendsFirst) August 9, 2018
From USA Today:
The mistake is embarrassing for Franklin County election officials, but they caught it quickly and the PEB was always in a secure location. Those 588 votes will be included – along with additional absentee and provisional ballots across the district – in the final tally, which must be tabulated by Aug. 24.
“We have a procedure in place and it got missed,” Sellers said. “We’re human.”
While Balderson and Trump have declared a Republican victory, O’Connor said he will not concede until every vote is counted.
Still outstanding: 3,435 provisional ballots and 5,048 absentee ballots that are expected to be counted by Aug. 24.
As BizPac Review reports, this narrows Balderson’s lead to just 1,564 votes – certainly pushing the election towards a recount.
“The votes from a portion of one voting location had not been processed into the tabulation system,” the Franklin County Board of Elections said in a news release, per BizPac Review.
The Franklin County Board of Elections will continue to look for missed votes and will determine a final outcome for the election in the release of a report on August 24.
Here’s more on the congressional race, from BizPac Review:
As a result of these newly-found votes, the final election results will not be announced until August 24. Earlier this week, Troy Balderson, the Trump-backed Republican, had declared victory, but the race is still far from over.
Democrat Danny O’Connor said he has no plans to concede the race until all votes have been counted. Some 3,435 provisional ballots and 5,048 absentee ballots still need to be counted, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Democrats are encouraged that the race was as close as it was, since the 12th congressional district seat has been held by a Republican since 1983.
Conservatives expressed some skepticism on social media about the mysteriously found votes and delved into whether voter fraud is being committed.
Conservative television game show host Chuck Woolery said there’s something amiss about “mysteriously” found votes typically going to help Democrat candidates.
“So the election is over in Ohio. Wait, mysteriously 500 votes were found, somewhere, in the trunk of a car, under a church pew, that weren’t counted,” Woolery tweeted. “This seems to happen in close elections, but the thing is, they never favor the Republican. That’s curious, don’t you think?”
So the election is over in Ohio. Wait, mysteriously 500 votes were found, somewhere, in the trunk of a car, under a church pew, that weren’t counted. This seems to happen in close elections, but the thing is, they never favor the Republican. That’s curious, don’t you think?
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) August 9, 2018
Conservative pundit Charlie Kirk similarly commented that there is something fishy going on in the district.
“Voter fraud is real: 170 Voters in Ohio Race ‘Over 116 Years Old,’ World’s Oldest Person Is 115.”
Voter fraud is real:
170 Voters in Ohio Race ‘Over 116 Years Old,’ World’s Oldest Person Is 115
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) August 10, 2018
Here’s more on the unexplainable phenomenon, per BizPac Review:
According to the Government Accountability Institute, the voter rolls of Ohio’s 12th congressional district lists 170 registered voters as being over 116 years old.
The oldest person in the world is 115 years old, which would make these multiple 116-year-old “voters” in Ohio a record-setting phenomenon.
Curiously quiet in all this this is actress Alyssa Milano, who got so triggered that a Republican is leading Ohio’s special election that she claims Russians meddled in it.
Now that the uncounted new votes favor a Democrat, her silence about potential voter fraud is deafening.
Other conservatives online doubted the integrity of the votes:
Uh,yes,hmmmm? & I believe I read that 150 of the “found” votes were cast by people that would be over 116 yrs.old!? Really!!?
— Diablo Kat Designs (@DiabloKatDesign) August 9, 2018
— IleanaE. (@FilleGitane) August 10, 2018
— AlexMimikos (@AlexMimikosyaho) August 10, 2018
If the bogus votes are eliminated then it would be a Republican landslide. Time to put the hammer down on illegal votes. My Father was a lifetime democrat his whole life. Before he passed he asked me to never let him vote for democrat again after I die.
— Bob Cronin (@bobcronin64) August 9, 2018
Just a little insurance policy….you know…like Peter Strzok had going.
— 🇺🇸 Deb–Unapologetic Plastic Straw User (@debster7301) August 9, 2018
What is curious is nothing is done about documented voter fraud! Look at the 2016 election. Much fraud was found, nothing was done, nobody is in jail
— Bradley Reed (@bradleyreed88) August 9, 2018
They need to see if the people actually exist and if they are dead 😂
— CaliforniaGirl (@bedheadred78) August 9, 2018
Oh hi, this is Cook County Illinois – how many votes do you need?
— PokerNutz (@pacecar86) August 10, 2018
The dems are searching Columbus Memorial Gardens for votes as I type.
— Joe (@JoeClowers1) August 10, 2018
Regardless of the outcome of this race, Balderson and O’Connor will again square off in the November midterm elections.
Yesterday I did a little check & searched “Ohio Special Election” here on Twitter. Notice how in both the Top & People section only the democratic candidate shows up. The GOP candidate in the same race doesn’t even appear! I’m sure it’s a 1 way coincidence for the 1000000th time pic.twitter.com/8BZSUoYeUk
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 9, 2018