The Hanging Chad Returns

A little provisional vote in Ohio could hold up the election results for nearly a month.
3:00 | 11/05/12

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Could it be -- a little provisional vote in Ohio could hold up the results of tomorrow's giant election for nearly a month. We ask Ron Claiborne to tell us whether we can exhale or not. Long lines on this final day of early voting ideas but Benson. So -- in all an estimated one point seven million people about 30% of the expected turnout. -- cast their ballots in Ohio before Election Day. What Election Day itself may not be the final word of this key battleground state the outcome in Ohio. And just maybe the outcome of the presidential election might not be known for weeks. Falwell. Both campaigns insist this scenario is a very long shot but it could happen if the vote here is close and here's why in this state voters who apply for absentee ballots potential but the polls or those who threw up without. Proper identification. -- the -- what are called provisional ballots these provisional ballots plus all absentee ballots that arrive after Election Day in the mail. Cannot by law be counted until November 17. And. If it's an extremely close race and there are. That many outstanding ballots it's possible that this race would not be decided until ten days after. And -- that result is a quarter of 1% or less about 141000 votes that triggers an automatic recount that would not begin until all of the votes are counted. Remember 2000 and that long recount nightmare could Ohio and as provisional ballots being some good aspects of the hanging -- of 2812. It could be the idea would be provisional ballots of course are nothing improper with the the way the system is -- is just how supposed to work. Is just happens that puts them. And Diane if the outcome of the presidency ends up riding on what happens here in Ohio there -- certainly be. Legal challenges by both sides which could push the final result well into December. A long shot but not at all -- possible.

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