October 23, 2014

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Ohio could delay presidential election results for days

COLUMBUS — Ohio could hold up the results of the presidential race for days after Tuesday’s election. That’s if the contest hinges on the swing state and the margin of victory is slim.

In a tight race, the ballots cast when voters don’t bring proper ID, among other reasons, will be crucial to the outcome.

By law, so-called provisional ballots can’t be counted for at least 10 days after the election to allow time to verify a voter’s eligibility. That’s Nov. 17 this year.

With 18 electoral votes, Ohio is at the center of both candidates’ campaign strategies.

The close race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney has some concerned that a conclusion could take days.

Ohio’s election chief says he expects the state to declare a winner