October 26th, 2012
02:27 PM ET

Ohio's "Nightmare scenario": More than a month for election results

The election is two weeks away, but it could be more than a month until we have a winner. It's what an election official in Ohio calls a "nightmare scenario" and it could become reality.

Here's why:

  • Voters who request an absentee ballot but decide to vote in person on election day have to cast a provisional ballot to make sure they don't vote twice.
  • By law, those provisional ballots won't be counted until at least November 17 with the final tally not due until November 27.. three weeks after election day!
  • As of Thursday, 800-thousand people have requested absentee ballots but haven't returned them.
  • So there's a potential for 800-thousand provisional ballots in Ohio and this is the state where just 200-thousand votes separated Obama and McCain in 2008.

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributors Reihan Salam and Roland Martin.

Filed under: 2012 Election • Politics
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